Literacy surveys

Measuring Adult Literacy and Life Skills: New Frameworks for Assessment (2005)

The objective of this report is to document key aspects of the development of the International Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL). The ALL survey was meant to build on the success of the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) assessments by extending the range of skills assessed and by improving the quality of the assessment methods employed.

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2005-03-24

The New International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS): Does it Meet the Challenges of Validity to the Old IALS? (2005)

In the mid-1990s nations in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD] conducted the first International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS). A new version of the IALS will soon be released.

This paper reviews evidence that challenged the validity of the earlier IALS standardized performance scales.

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2005-03-18

Illiteracy and Human Rights (1990)

This document is available in French.

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2005-02-09

Adult Learning in Canada and Sweden: A Comparative Study of Four Sites (2004)

The author submitted this thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Educational Administration from the University of Saskatchewan. The study sought to understand policy factors underlying the differences between the literacy levels of Canadian and Swedish adults as reported in the International Adult Literacy Survey.

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2004-11-12

Literacy in Canada (2000)

The Literacy is for Life Fact Sheet series is a series of two-pager highlights on literacy and related topics.

This Fact Sheet highlights Literacy in Canada. Millions of Canadian adults can't work well with words and numbers.

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2004-11-04

Consultation on Workplace Literacy (1997)

A Report

This report attempts to capture the debate and discussion that took place on June 11 and 12, 1997 in Ottawa, on workplace literacy. The NLS is working with its partners to create significant projects that will make a difference in the area of workplace literacy. As a first step, they convened a meeting of their partners who have experience in the area of workplace literacy.

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2004-04-05

Literacy Skills, Occupational Assignment and the Returns to Over- and Under-Education (2002)

This study uses data from the Canadian panel of the International Adult Literacy Survey to examine the relations between schooling, literacy and occupational assignment and to determine the extent to which returns to over- and under-education are in fact returns to literacy skills. Two measures of required training time for the job are used, both of which are based on detailed occupation.

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2003-11-26

The Impact of Basic Skills Programs on Canadian Workplaces (1997)

Results of a National Study for ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation

The report is a national study for ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation.
Canadian promoters of workplace basic skills programs are commonly asked for evidence about the impact of programs on the workplace. Even with mounting information on the need for a more literate workforce, program promotion has become more difficult. Companies are increasingly focused on bottom-line considerations: "What," they ask, "is the payback for us?"

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2003-10-24

Women and Adult Basic Education In Canada: An Exploratory Study (1984)

This report contains the findings of a survey of adult basic education programs in Canada. The objective of the survey was to provide information which could be used to answer the question: To what extent do adult basic education programs in Canada address the learning and related needs of women?
The survey focused on two areas:

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2003-10-20

The Impact of ABC CANADA's LEARN Campaign (1996)

Results of a National Research Study

In 1994, ABC CANADA initiated the LEARN campaign, a national media campaign aimed at linking potential literacy learners with literacy groups. Throughout the campaign, ABC CANADA gathered information from selected literacy groups about the effect of the LEARN ads. This study is the first systematic national attempt to measure the impact of the LEARN campaign.

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2003-10-10

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