ERIC Number: ED137709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Literacy and Numeracy in Australian Schools. Interim Report No. 1, 1976. Queensland Department of Education, Document 19.
Queensland Dept. of Education, Brisbane (Australia).
This study was undertaken to measure the reading, writing, and numeration of 10 and 14 year-old students, and to collect information on teacher perceptions of the nature and extent of any learning difficulties experienced by individual students. A sample of 7,000 students was tested at each of the two age levels. Reading, writing numeration, and word knowledge tests were administered. Findings indicate that Australian children differ little in their ability on tasks of reading comprehension from their age-mates in Britain and the United States, but are marginally inferior to students in New Zealand. In general, the writing of formal letters was poorly performed, and half of the students aged 14 years old were unable to write a minimal letter applying for employment. In numeration, Australian 14-year-olds performed no better than 13-year-olds in the United States. Students aged 10 years could not calculate correctly when using the four operations in a formal way. If a student does not master the basic skills before age 15, when he can legally leave school, he will be disadvantaged for the remainder of his life. (Author/JLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Queensland Dept. of Education, Brisbane (Australia).