ERIC Number: ED374267
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
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)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Demography, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Functional Literacy, Health Promotion, Labor Market, Literacy Education, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Older Adults, Policy Formation, Socioeconomic Influences, Theory Practice Relationship, Unions, Workplace Literacy
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
Authoring Institution: Statistics Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada