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ERIC Number: ED454452
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb-1
Pages: 15
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Fundamental Factors of Influence on the Literacy Performance of Older Adults and Their Functioning in Society.
Scheeren, Jo
Within the framework of the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS), a collaborative effort was made by a large number of industrialized countries to get insight into the level of literacy of their adult populations. In the Netherlands, older adults (918 out of 3,090 respondents) were over sampled to get insight into their specific literacy skills; 40 in-depth interviews were conducted with older adults who participated in the main assessment. Findings indicated the scores of adults over 50 were significantly lower on all scales than those of adults under 50. Nearly 60 percent of the older adults had scores at level 1 or 2, the more problematic levels of literacy skills. Differences could be explained to a large extent to differences in level of education but multiple regression analysis revealed that gender, age, and participation in adult education also significantly influenced literacy performance. In addition to the common background variables, other factors that influenced literacy performance were literacy practices, self-concept, and coping behavior. Further analysis on the relation between educational attainment, literacy performance, and age gave rise to some reflections on the performances of next generations of older adults in the near future. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: International Adult Literacy Survey