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Technical Report and Data File User's Manual for the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey [microform] / Irwin Kirsch, Kentaro Yamamoto and Norma Norris
Bib ID 5677177
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Kirsch, Irwin
Online Versions
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 2001 
648 p. 

Chapter 1 of this report and user's manual describes design and implementation of the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS). Chapter 2 reviews stages of sampling for national and state survey components; presents weighted and unweighted response rates for the household component; and describes non-incentive and prison sample designs. Chapter 3 addresses weighting procedures. Chapter 4 describes NALS's conceptual framework and development of the background questionnaire and literacy tasks. Chapters 5 and 6 document field operations for the household and prison surveys. Chapters 7-9 detail data processing; the missing data procedures; and models and procedures used to scale NALS results, estimate respondents' proficiencies, and conduct statistical analyses. Chapter 10 presents a summary of literature on use of monetary incentives in survey research, experimental features of the field test and national study, and research results. Chapters 11-15 describe statistics, components of variance, and statistical methods used to derive outcome estimates; estimate and test discriminant validity of the three literacy scales from the perspective of correlation or covariance; summarize establishment of NALS literacy levels; explore importance of the response probability convention in reporting prose literacy results; and discuss use of SPSS (Statistical Program for the Social Sciences) and SAS (Statistical Analysis System) for analyzing NALS data. Appendixes include 98 references, additional data and notes, and instruments. (YLB)


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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Adult Basic Education.  |  Adult Literacy.  |  Data Processing.  |  Educational Research.  |  Illiteracy.  |  Literacy Education.  |  Material Development.  |  National Surveys.  |  Prisoners.  |  Research Administration.  |  Research Design.  |  Research Methodology.  |  Research Problems.  |  Sampling.  |  Scaling.  |  State Surveys.  |  Statistical Analysis.  |  Validity.  |  Weighted Scores.  |  National Adult Literacy Survey (NCES)
Form/genre Guides, Non-Classroom.  |  Reports, Research.  |  Tests/Questionnaires.
Other authors/contributors Yamamoto, Kentaro, author  |  Norris, Norma, author  |  Rock, Donald, author  |  Jungeblut, Ann, author  |  O'Reilly, Patricia, author  |  Berlin, Martha, author  |  Mohadjer, Leyla, author  |  Waksberg, Joseph, author  |  Goksel, Huseyin, author  |  Burke, John, author  |  Rieger, Susan, author  |  Green, James, author  |  Klein, Merle, author  |  Campbell, Anne, author  |  Jenkins, Lynn B  |  Kolstad, Andrew, author  |  Mosenthal, Peter, author  |  Baldi, Stephane, author  |  National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC
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