ERIC Number: ED377343
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Basic Skills in Everyday Life.
Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit, London (England).
In May 1993, 1,060 people in England and Wales were surveyed on the use of basic skills in everyday life. Data obtained from these questionnaires were weighted to reflect the demographic profile of the population in terms of age, gender, working status, and social class. Interviewees were asked 40 questions about activities they had done in the 7 days before the interview. Answers were divided into four groups: activities undertaken by more than 75 percent of the sample, those undertaken by more than 50 but less than 75 percent, those undertaken by more than 25 but less than 50 percent, and those undertaken by less than 25 percent. On average, slightly more people had undertaken tasks using basic math (48 percent) than reading (41 percent) or writing (33 percent). More men had undertaken activities involving reading than women (43 to 39 percent). Slightly more women had undertaken activities involving writing and numeracy. Fewer people over 65 years old had undertaken many tasks. Fewer than average people in the 16-24 age group undertook some activities. More people in the youngest (age 16-24 years) and in the oldest (over 65 years) age groups said they sometimes had difficulties with reading and writing. Eighty-two percent of all interviewees said they did not have disabilities that make reading, writing, and numeracy activities difficult. Only 49 percent of people who said their basic skills were poor said they had no disabilities. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Age Differences, Basic Skills, Daily Living Skills, Educational Background, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Job Skills, Mathematics Skills, National Surveys, Numeracy, Reading Skills, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Sex Differences, Writing Skills
Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit, 7th Floor, Commonwealth House, 1-19 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1NU, England, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)