ERIC Number: ED408431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy of Older Adults in America. Adult Literacy Fact Sheet.
Kent State Univ., OH. Ohio Literacy Resource Center.
As part of the National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS) of 1992, the National Center for Education Statistics published a separate study that focuses on the literacy skills of older adults (aged 60 years and older) from a variety of perspectives, such as age, sex, amount of education, race or ethnic background, income, and geographic region. Some of the findings are as follows: (1) at least 60 percent of the respondents scored low in literacy proficiency; (2) the older the respondents, the lower the proficiency level; (3) the most educated had the highest literacy scores; (4) the oldest adults were the most likely not to have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent; (5) older adults are more likely to volunteer their time and to vote than younger adults, and those who did so scored significantly higher in literacy proficiency; (6) older adults rely more heavily on newspapers, magazines, and television for information, whereas younger adults rely more on radio and other family members; (7) older adults are less likely to read or write letters or memos; and (8) the average proficiencies of older adults in the South were highest among the four geographic regions. (KC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kent State Univ., OH. Ohio Literacy Resource Center.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Adult Literacy Survey (NCES)