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ERIC Number: ED451383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 60
Abstractor: N/A
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)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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)