ERIC Number: ED465012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy Skills for the Knowledge Society: Further Results from the International Adult Literacy Survey.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).; Statistics Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).; Human Resources Development Canada, Hull (Quebec).
This second report from the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) builds on the data analysis of seven countries presented in the first IALS publication in 1995 and adds literacy data for five additional countries--Australia, Belgium, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The introduction presents an overview of new key findings and policy directions suggested by the study and the definitions of literacy used in the study. (The key finding of the report, similar to that of the first report, is that there are significant literacy skill gaps in every country, with at least one-quarter of the adult population of the countries surveyed failing to reach the third [minimum functional competency] of five literacy levels, with profound social and economic implications.)Chapter 1 outlines the overall levels of proficiency as well as the distribution of adult literacy in each country. Chapter 2 offers new evidence concerning the economic and wider social benefits of literacy. Chapter 3 examines the relationships between literacy and a range of individual characteristics, including age, socioeconomic status, and factors such as literacy practices at home and work that strengthen literacy during adulthood. Chapter 4 presents the results of an analysis of adults' readiness to learn in a variety of settings. It also concludes that coordinated policy can have an impact on the quantity and equitable distribution of adult education and training opportunities. Four appendixes provide more information on the conduct of the study and the project participants. (Contains 50 figures and 61 tables.) (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Comparative Education, Developed Nations, Economic Impact, Educational Benefits, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Equal Education, Family Influence, Foreign Countries, Functional Literacy, Individual Characteristics, Literacy Education, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Workplace Literacy
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).; Statistics Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).; Human Resources Development Canada, Hull (Quebec).
Identifiers - Location: North America
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: International Adult Literacy Survey