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ERIC Number: ED101297
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Pages: 24
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Reference Count: 0
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New Methods and Interpretations of the Assessment of Literacy Among Young Adults.
Lichtman, Marilyn
Three facets of literacy measurement were examined in this study: the assessment of functional literacy with an instrument designed to reflect practical reading tasks; the effect of mode of test administration on literacy; and the relationship of literacy to sex, schooling, and traditional measures of reading. Subjects were 626 young adults enrolled in four Job Corps residential centers. R/EAL (Reading/Everyday Activities in Life), a new test of functional literacy, was administered to subjects under one of three conditions: English-taped, English-printed, or Spanish-taped. Results indicated that under each of the conditions, R/EAL proved to be a reliable and valid measure of literacy. Significant relationships were found between literacy performance and number of years of school completed and between literacy and traditional reading for each condition. No significant relationships were found between sex or length of stay in program and literacy. Conclusions are that literacy measurement on practical reading tasks can be accomplished, that test administration conditions do not significantly affect test performance for groups at comparable reading levels, and that a number of factors appear to be associated with such measurement. (Author/TO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College Reading Association (18th, Bethesda, Maryland, October 31-Nov. 2, 1974)