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Saal, Leah Katherine – Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice, 2016
This article focuses on the quantitative phase of a multiphase mixed methods study investigating adults' and families' access to government food assistance. The research evaluates participants' comprehension of, and ability to, adequately complete authentic complex texts--national food assistance application documents. Summative usability testing…
Descriptors: Food Service, Welfare Services, Poverty Programs, Federal Programs
Paccagnella, Marco – OECD Publishing, 2016
This paper presents a comprehensive analysis of the link between age and proficiency in information-processing skills, based on information drawn from the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC). The data reveal significant age-related differences in proficiencies, strongly suggesting that proficiency tends to "naturally" decline with age. Age…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Surveys, Adults, Age Differences
Grotlüschen, Anke; Mallows, David; Reder, Stephen; Sabatini, John – OECD Publishing, 2016
This paper offers a comprehensive analysis of the information from the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) regarding adults with low literacy and numeracy proficiency. The paper first describes the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of these populations. Although, they are more likely than the rest of the population to exhibit certain…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Numeracy, Adults, Socioeconomic Status
Hanemann, Ulrike, Ed.; Scarpino, Cassandra, Ed. – UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, 2016
This compilation includes programmes which promote language and culture as resources and see them as an added value rather than a challenge for literacy teaching and learning. It also includes programmes designed to support migrants and refugees by equipping them for integration into mainstream society while strengthening their literacy skills in…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Literacy Education, Multicultural Education, Immigrants
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Green, Andy; Green, Francis; Pensiero, Nicola – Comparative Education Review, 2015
This article examines cross-country variations in adult skills inequality and asks why skills in Anglophone countries are so unequal. Drawing on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's recent Survey of Adult Skills and other surveys, it investigates the differences across countries and country groups in inequality in both…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English, Comparative Education, Adult Literacy
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Carpentieri, J. D. – European Journal of Education, 2013
As literacy grows in importance, policymakers' demands for programme quality grow, too. Evidence on the effectiveness of adult and family literacy programmes is limited at best: research gaps abound, and programme evaluations are more often than not based on flawed theories of programme impact. In the absence of robust evidence on the full range…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Effect Size, Adult Literacy, Family Literacy
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Street, Brian V. – Reading Research Quarterly, 2012
This essay offers a commentary on how the relationship between language and literacy practices in and out of school has been conceptualized. It draws upon two new books in the field. Shirley Brice Heath's new book, "Words at Work and Play: Three Decades in Family and Community Life," which makes use of rich ethnographic accounts of…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Literacy, Writing Skills
Harwood, Chris – Canadian Literacy and Learning Network, 2012
This "Pan-Canadian Snapshot" explores the competencies needed to work with adults participating in Literacy and/or Essential Skills (L/ES) programs in Canada. The purpose of the "Snapshot" is to: (1) lay a foundation from which to explore the topic of professionalism; (2) identify the types of supports that the L/ES workforce…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Profiles, Basic Skills, Professional Identity
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Goodman, Madeline; Finnegan, Robert; Mohadjer, Leyla; Krenzke, Tom; Hogan, Jacquie – National Center for Education Statistics, 2013
The Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is a cyclical, large scale study of adult skills and life experience focusing on education and employment that was developed and organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In the United States, the study was conducted in 2011-12 with a…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Numeracy, Foreign Countries, Cross Cultural Studies
Ryan, Chris; Sinning, Mathias – National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 2011
This report comes from a three-year program of research, "Securing Their Future: Older Workers and the Role of VET." Previous work from the program looked at how well workers were matched to their jobs, based on their literacy and numeracy skills and the use of these skills in the workplace. In a continuation of that work, the research…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Skilled Workers, Foreign Countries, Adult Literacy
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Diehl, Sandra J. – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2011
Building health literacy skills among adult learners has the potential to contribute to efforts to eliminate health disparities and improve health outcomes. Adults with limited literacy skills are more likely to be underserved by health services and at risk for poorer health. Recognition of the need for stronger health literacy skills and a desire…
Descriptors: Health Services, Health Promotion, Adult Basic Education, Adult Education
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Park, Hyunjoon; Kyei, Pearl – Social Forces, 2011
Existing cross-national research on educational attainment does not fully address whether the same level of educational attainment generates the same level of literacy skills in different countries. We analyze literacy skills data for young adults from 19 countries in the 1994-1998 International Adult Literacy Survey and find that in all…
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, International Studies, Adult Literacy, Correlation
Reder, Stephen, Ed.; Bynner, John, Ed. – Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2011
Understanding the origins of poor literacy and numeracy skills in adulthood and how to improve them is of major importance when society places a high premium on proficiency in these basic skills. This edited collection brings together the results of recent longitudinal studies that greatly extend our knowledge of what works in raising skill…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Educational Development, Academic Persistence, Numeracy
Chisman, Forrest P. – Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (NJ1), 2010
On February 18, 2010, the Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL) convened a Roundtable meeting of 19 leaders of local institutions identified by their peers as providing exemplary "adult education for work" service within a particular community or local labor market. The institutions are located in 16 states representing all…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Labor Market, Education Work Relationship, Federal Government
Roehrig, Lucy – Library Journal, 2010
According to the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy, it is estimated that 93 million adults in the United States have basic or below basic literacy skills. Those individuals found most lacking in literacy skills were adults living in poverty, adults lacking a high school diploma, seniors and the elderly aged 65 and older, the more than one…
Descriptors: Job Search Methods, Adult Basic Education, Adult Students, Audiovisual Aids
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