ERIC Number: ED485371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Highlights From the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ALL). Issue Brief NCES 2005-117rev.
Lemke, Mariann; Miller, David; Johnston, Jamie; Krenzke, Tom; Alvarez-Rojas, Laura; Kastberg, David; Jocelyn, Leslie
US Department of Education
The Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ALL) is an international comparative study conducted in 2003 to provide participating countries with information about the skills of their adult populations. ALL builds upon earlier national and international studies of adult literacy. Information from ALL addresses questions such as: (1) What is the distribution of literacy and numeracy skills among American adults? (2) What is the relationship between these literacy skills and the economic, social, and personal characteristics of individuals? (3) What is the relationship between these skills and the economic and social characteristics of nations? For example, how do the skills of the adult labor force of a country match with areas of the economy that are growing? The purpose of this Issue Brief is to provide selected initial findings from ALL, so the Issue Brief will address only some of these questions. The study consisted of two omponents: (1) A background questionnaire designed to collect general participant information (such as sex, age, race/ethnicity, education level, and labor force status) and more targeted questions related to literacy practices, familiarity with information and communication technology, education coursetaking, and health; and (2) A written assessment of the skills of participants in literacy and numeracy. Trained interviewers administered approximately 45 minutes of background questions and 60 minutes of assessment items to participants. Data in this Issue Brief are shown at the national level for six countries: Bermuda, Canada, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, International Studies, Familiarity, Social Characteristics, Numeracy, Labor Force, Adult Literacy, Adults
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Basic Education
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.