ERIC Number: ED409454
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Are We Meeting Canadian Literacy Needs? A Demographic Comparison of IALS and LEARN Research Respondents.
An investigation compared the demographic profiles of the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) and LEARN respondents to explore whether people who telephone Canadian literacy groups are representative of the full range of people with literacy needs. (LEARN is ABC Canada's media campaign to link potential learners with literacy groups.) Information was collected from more than 3,500 callers. Findings indicated that, in general, a number of demographic groups were not being reached in proportion to their literacy needs. Canadians between ages 16-44 were dramatically overrepresented among callers to literacy groups. Canadians more than 45 years of age were dramatically underrepresented. Although 55 percent of Canadians without high school diplomas were more than 45 years old, only 12 percent of LEARN callers were in this group. The fewer years of education those without a high school diploma had, the less likely they were to call literacy groups. Women with some secondary education made 10 percent fewer calls than expected and men 10 percent more than expected. In urban areas, women called 9 percent less often than expected, and in rural areas 2 percent more often. LEARN respondents were even more likely to be unemployed or to have part-time work than their educational peers from IALS. (YLB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ABC Canada, Toronto (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada