ERIC Number: ED348519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Literacy Skills Used in Daily Activities. A Report on the Literacy Skills of Albertans.
Alberta Dept. of Advanced Education, Calgary.
The National Survey of Literacy Skills Used in Daily Activities assessed the functional literacy skills of Canadians aged 16-69. It used a series of commonplace tasks of varying difficulty supplemented by a self-assessment of the literacy skills and needs of Canadians to provide a detailed literacy profile of the adult population in Canada. A secondary analysis focused on Alberta residents. Of the total of 9,455 Canadian respondents (70%), 862 of the 1,248 Albertans surveyed responded. Results indicated the following: (1) 71 percent of adult Albertans had sufficient reading skills to meet most everyday demands; (2) an estimated 72 percent had numeracy skills sufficient to deal with most everyday requirements; (3) literacy levels had improved with succeeding generations of Albertans; (4) educational attainment was strongly associated with the literacy skills of Albertans; (5) the literacy level of Albertans was also related to parents' education; and (6) lower income Albertans were more likely to experience literacy problems. The survey found that 68 percent rated their own reading and writing skills in English as good to excellent, 63 percent were very satisfied with their reading and writing skills in English, and there was a positive relationship between the objective measure of reading skills as assessed by the literacy tasks and the perceived skills of respondents. (A separate overview section highlights results.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Advanced Education, Calgary.
Note: For the national survey report, see ED 332 557.