ERIC Number: ED451383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Using Telephone and Mail Surveys as a Supplement or Alternative to Door-to-Door Surveys in the Assessment of Adult Literacy. Working Paper Series.
Sticht, Thomas G.
This paper discusses the use of telephone surveys as a substitute for, or addition to, the use of door-to-door surveys in assessing adult literacy ability. Part 1 addresses issues of validity in adult literacy assessment, including the concepts of construct or inferential validity and action or use validity. Part 2 is a review of related research that has used telephone and mail surveys to assess the cognitive abilities of adults. Part 3 discusses the theoretical model of literacy that the National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS) and International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) have used and how that model can be modified to incorporate a developmental and componential model of literacy that also includes the oral language aspects of literacy given in the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act of 1998. Part 4 addresses several issues about the use of telephone and mail surveys, including concerns about using these survey methods in such a way as to make continuity in trend data from previous surveys of adult literacy possible. Appendixes include 69 references and a summary of an empirical study of the proposition that at a certain stage adults' comprehension of language can be assessed as well by listening as by reading. (Author/YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Development, Adult Literacy, Cognitive Ability, Comparative Analysis, Educational Assessment, Educational Theories, Literature Reviews, Mail Surveys, Models, National Surveys, Oral Language, Research Methodology, Telephone Surveys, Test Validity, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Statistics Services Inst., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998 Title II
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: International Adult Literacy Survey; National Adult Literacy Survey (NCES)