Literacy for Life

Literacy for Life

Further Results from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey You do not have access to this content

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Author(s):
OECD, Statistics Canada
Publication Date :
20 Dec 2011
Pages :
292
ISBN :
9789264091269 (PDF) ; 9789264091252 (print)
DOI :
10.1787/9789264091269-en

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Literacy for Life is the second report from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey. It presents additional results on the nature and magnitude of the literacy gaps faced by OECD countries and how these gaps have evolved over the medium term.

It offers new insights into the factors that influence the formation of adult skills in various settings – at home and at work – for the eleven countries participating in the first and last round of data collection between 2003 and 2008. The study offers comparative evidence on the impact of various factors on the supply of skill. The study offers a special focus on numeracy skills and problem solving skills. It explores the relationships between numeracy and key socio-demographic factors as well as labour market outcomes and earnings.

It highlights the importance of problem solving skills by defining this foundational skill and by exploring its determinants as well as its relative role in influencing important labour market outcomes.

The report offers also an analysis of performance across multiple skill domains. It investigates the skill profiles of various population groups defined in terms of the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of those who score at levels deemed to be low in one or more skill domains and explores the resulting consequences.

The report concludes by investigating the issue of skill mismatch in the labour market and its relationship to adult learning. The extent and distribution of mismatch between the day-to-day literacy related requirements of workers and the literacy skills they have obtained is an important issue that is being explored in this study.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
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Note to Readers
-Acronyms
Chapter 1. Antecedents and Objectives of the ALL Survey
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1.1 Goals of the ALL Survey
-1.2 Antecedents of the ALL Survey IALS
-1.3 Objectives of the ALL Survey
-1.4 Changes in skill from IALS to ALL
-References
Chapter 2. Comparative Profiles of Adult Skills
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Summary
-2.1 Overview and highlights
-2.2 Comparative distributions of adult skills
-2.3 Changes in skill profiles from IALS 1994 and 1998 to ALL 2003 and 2008
-2.4 Skills and demographic characteristics
-Endnotes
-References
-Annex 2 Data Values for the Figures
Chapter 3.  Skills and Valued Economic and Social Outcomes
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Summary
-3.1 Overview and highlights
-3.2 Skills and valued economic and social outcomes
-3.3 Using skills to predict economic and social outcomes
-3.4 The earnings and employment advantage
-3.5 Skills and participation in community activities
-Endnotes
-References
-Annex 3 Data Values for the Figures
Chapter 4. Adult Numeracy Skills
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Summary
-4.1 Overview and highlights
-4.2 Defining numeracy in the ALL context
-4.3 Predictors of adult numeracy skills
-4.4 Gender and affective response to numeracy
-4.5 Numeracy and labour market outcomes
-Conclusion
-Endnote
-References
-Annex 4 Data Values for the Figures
Chapter 5.  Adult Problem Solving Skills
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Summary
-5.1 Overview and highlights
-5.2 Defining problem solving in the ALL context
-5.3 Comparative distributions of adult problem solving skill
-5.4 Factors predicting problem solving skills
-5.5 Problem solving skills and labour market outcomes
-Conclusion
-Endnotes
-References
-Annex 5 Data Values for the Figures
Chapter 6. Performance in Multiple Skill Domains
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Summary
-6.1 Overview and highlights
-6.2 Performance in multiple skill domains
-6.3 Defining low performance in multiple skill domains
-6.4 Disadvantage in one or more skill domains
-6.5 Characteristics of low skilled adults
-6.6 Disadvantage in all four skill domains – an adjusted model
-6.7 Labour market consequences of multiple disadvantages
-6.7 Multiple disadvantage and other personal and social outcomes
-Conclusion
-Endnotes
-References
-Annex 6 Data Values for the Figures
Chapter 7. Skill Mismatch in the Labour Market and Adult Learning
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Summary
-7.1 Overview and highlights
-7.2 Skill mismatch in the labour market and adult learning
-7.3 Why skill mismatch matters
-7.4 Extent of skill match-mismatch on the labour market
-7.5 Who is matched or mismatched?
-7.6 Participation in adult learning and skill mismatch
-Conclusion
-References
-Annex 7 Data Values for the Figures
Conclusion
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Endnotes
-References
Annex A. A Construct-Centered Approach to Understanding What Was Measured in the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey
Annex B. Scale Estimation and Linking Methods
Annex C. Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey Methodology
Annex D. Principal Participants in the Project