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International Adult Literacy [microform]
Bib ID 5602153
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
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Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Policy Information Center
 
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Description [S.l.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1996 
14 p. 
Summary

Systematic knowledge about the dimensions and levels of literacy and information about its distribution are prerequisites for forming good educational policy. This issue discusses the conduct and findings of the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS). The IALS was not intended to rank literacy skills across countries, but was intended to make the exploration of differences across countries possible. Participating were: (1) Canada; (2) Germany; (3) the Netherlands; (4) Poland; (5) Sweden; (6) French-speaking Switzerland; (7) German-speaking Switzerland; and (8) the United States. In all participating countries, employment was positively related to literacy, and in all cases there was a clear and direct effect of literacy on wages and income. Industries that have grown in the last 20 years are those in which the incumbents had the highest literacy scores. In spite of these similarities, the relationship between education and literacy was not the same in every country or from scale to scale, making direct comparisons impossible. Differences in literacy practices reflected the countries' different occupational distributions. In countries where the average literacy scores were highest, the greatest use of literacy-related tasks was reported. The information provided by the IALS has made a start in demonstrating the strong association between literacy and life chances while indicating that literacy is not synonymous with educational attainment. (Contains six figures.) (SLD)

Notes

ERIC Note: This issue of "ETS Policy Notes" is a condensation of "Literacy, Economy and Society: Results of the First International Adult Literacy Survey" published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and Statistics, Canada.

ETS Policy Notes, v1 n1 Sum 1996.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Adult Literacy.  |  Comparative Analysis.  |  Economic Factors.  |  Educational Policy.  |  Employment Patterns.  |  Foreign Countries.  |  Income.  |  International Education.  |  International Studies.  |  Labor Force.  |  Outcomes of Education.  |  Socioeconomic Status.  |  International Adult Literacy Survey Life Chances
Form/genre Reports, Evaluative.  |  Collected Works, Serials.
Other authors/contributors Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Policy Information Center
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