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ERIC Number: ED374267
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Pages: 100
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-6-660-14178-7
Adult Literacy in Canada: Results of a National Study.
Montigny, G.; And Others
This two-part document summarizes and analyzes the implications of a national study of adult literacy in Canada that included home interviews with a representative sample of 13,571 Canadians between the ages of 16 and 69. Part 1 summarizes the study's objectives, methodology, and findings. Among the main findings are the following: (1) 16% of adult Canadians have reading skill limitations that prevent them from facing most of the demands encountered daily; (2) most functionally illiterate Canadians are either persons with limited school attainment or first-generation immigrants; (3) 22% of those surveyed are able to understand simple, well-organized text; and (4) 62% of the 22% of Canadians capable of understanding simple texts have had at least some secondary education. The bibliography contains 18 references. Appended are discussions of the study methodology and interview questions. Part 2 contains the following examinations of the study's findings/implications: "An International Review of the Concepts, Definitions and Measurement Approaches Underlying Literacy Statistics" (Satin); "Literacy and International Competitiveness: The Relevance of Canada's Survey" (Hirsch); "Implications for Adult Education" (Morrison); "Literacy and Health in Canada: Contribution of the Survey of the LSUDA (Literacy Skills Used in Daily Activities)" (Rootman); "Literacy and Old Age in Canada: The Results of the LSUDA Survey" (Ross); "Functional Illiteracy: Economic Costs and Labour Market Implications" (O'Neill, Sharpe); "Workplace Literacy: The Results of the LSUDA Survey" (Hawrysh); "Literacy for Workers: A Labour Perspective on Basic Skills" (MacLeod); "Gender, Nativity, and Literacy: Proficiency and Training Issues" (Boyd); and "Literacy Programming and the Survey of Literacy Skills Used in Daily Activities" (Jones). Sixty-two tables/figures are included. (MN)
Publication Sales, Statistics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0T6 Canada (Catalogue no. 89-525E: $35 Canadian, $42 U.S.; other countries, $49 U.S.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Statistics Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada