Inequalities in Literacy Skills among Youth in Canada and the United States (1999)

This report suggests that youth in North America do not fare as well in their literacy skills as their European counterparts. The findings were based on data from the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) which was conducted in seven countries in 1994, and later extended to include 24 countries. Detailed analyses of the IALS data for Canada revealed that the literacy skills of youth in Quebec and the Prairie provinces were somewhat higher than those of youth in the other six provinces.
It suggests that youth in in Canada, and North America as a whole, do not fare as well in their literacy skills as their European counterparts. An important aspect of the findings was that inequalities along social-class lines were less pronounced in the provinces with higher levels of literacy skills; that is, youth from higher socio-economic backgrounds tended to perform well, whereas youth from disadvantaged backgrounds varied considerably in their skills. As well, this study examines whether this general finding also applies to states within the United States, not only with respect to the socio-economic background of American youth, but also with respect to their ethnicity.

This monograph begins with a brief outline of the background and theoretical framework of the study. The next chapter briefly describes the data and methods used in this study and is followed by a results chapter that has five parts, one for each of five research questions. The findings are then discussed in the context of relevant literature. The study concludes with a summary of the research and a discussion of its policy implications.

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1999-11-17
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J. Douglas Willms. Inequalities in Literacy Skills among Youth in Canada and the United States 1999. Web. 24 Nov. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/nls/ials/inequal/inequ.pdf>
J. Douglas Willms (1999). Inequalities in Literacy Skills among Youth in Canada and the United States. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/nls/ials/inequal/inequ.pdf
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