ERIC Number: ED419160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Influences on Adult Basic Skills. Factors Affecting the Development of Literacy and Numeracy from Birth to 37.
Parsons, Samantha; Bynner, John
The factors influencing development of basic skills from birth to age 37 were examined by analyzing a sample of 1,700 people who were part of the National Child Development Study (NCDS), a longitudinal study in which data on more than 17,000 people who were born in Great Britain in a single week in 1958 were collected when they were 7, 11, 16, 23, 33, and 37 years old. Data from the study were subjected to multiple regression analysis to determine the extent of the impact of family and home circumstances, education and early schooling, transition from school to work, and adult working life on adults' acquisition of basic skills. Early cognitive performance variables proved the most dominant predictors of later reading and math skills in both childhood and adulthood. Cognitive attainments in schooling mediated much of the influence of family disadvantage, parental support, and schooling. (Thirty-four figures/tables are included. Appended are the following: information about scoring of the adult literacy and numeracy assessments; tests of attainment administered to the NCDS cohort at ages 7, 11, and 16; the Rutter Scale; regression analysis results; and predictors of early cognitive skills. Contains 12 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Development, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Child Development, Education Work Relationship, Environmental Influences, Family Influence, Foreign Countries, Influences, Literacy Education, Longitudinal Studies, National Surveys, Performance Factors, Predictor Variables, Skill Development
Basic Skills Agency, Admail 524, London WC1A 1BR, England, United Kingdom; phone: 0870 600 2400; fax: 0870 600 2401; http://www.basic-skills.co.uk (5 pounds plus postage and packing).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Basic Skills Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)