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ERIC Number: EJ952228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1394
Becoming an Australian Citizen: Some Dimensions of Assessing a Citizenship-Type Literacy amongst Adults
Athanasou, James A.
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v50 n1 p164-179 Apr 2010
This paper evaluates a 20-item assessment of citizenship literacy in an adult sample comprising 179 persons of English-speaking and non-English speaking background. The results indicated that the assessment was internally consistent and that as expected it distinguished English-speaking from non-English speaking participants. The pattern of answers provided an initial, albeit partial, understanding of what might constitute citizenship information but it also highlighted some limitations. The assessment failed to tap the ability levels of those with higher knowledge. Nevertheless, the results also indicated some deficits in adult general knowledge. The potential failure rate even with a cut-off point of 60% correct was quite high. Just over one-in-five failed to pass. The results have implications for the proposed revisions to the Australian Citizenship Test. (Contains 4 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia