Plain Language Summaries: Building on our Competencies - Canadian Results of the International Adult Literacy and SKills Survey (2008)

In this document, the author offers a plain-language summary of a 2005 Statistics Canada report that presented the results of the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS), the Canadian component of the Adult Literacy and Life Skills program (ALL).

In addition to presenting profiles of the literacy skills of Canadians, the report provides an analysis of Canadians’ numeracy and problem solving abilities. It also shows how these skills affect Canadians’ use of computers and other information and communication technologies.

The Statistics Canada report shows that literacy, numeracy, and problem solving skills are not evenly distributed in Canada. For example, adults in the Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia score significantly higher than the national average for those domains. Scores in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nunavut are lower than the Canadian average.

The report also highlights differences in prose literacy performance by official language group; between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations; and between immigrants and Canadian-born residents.

Overall, about half of Canadians aged 16 to 65 participate in adult education and learning, according to the report. However, the participation rates for those at the lowest level of literacy drop to 20 percent.

This document is part of a National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) project, funded by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), aimed at providing researchers and other practitioners with a way of quickly assessing the relevance of a number of research documents from Statistics Canada.

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James E. Page. Plain Language Summaries: Building on our Competencies - Canadian Results of the International Adult Literacy and SKills Survey 2008. Web. 6 Aug. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/booc/summary/building.pdf>
James E. Page (2008). Plain Language Summaries: Building on our Competencies - Canadian Results of the International Adult Literacy and SKills Survey. Retrieved August 6, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/booc/summary/building.pdf
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