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Literacy, Economy and Society: Results of the First International Adult Literacy Survey

Literacy, Economy and Society, produced by Statistics Canada and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, is the first report from the International Adult Literacy Survey. This book defines and presents the results of tests for three types of literacy: prose literacy, the skills and know-how needed to understand texts found in daily life; document literacy, the ability to respond to written information contained in materials like job applications, transportation schedules, maps, tables and graphs; and quantitative literacy, the skills required for daily arithmetic operations like balancing chequebooks. This is a landmark demonstration of the intersection between literacy skills and national economic performance. The richly nuanced skill profiles of adult populations in the seven countries covered (including Canada) show substantial differences in both distribution and overall performance level. As OECD countries continue to evolve into post-industrial societies, strategies to build literacy skills, as part of broader strategies for lifelong learning, are pivotal for developing comparative national advantage.

Published by Statistics Canada and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 1995.
Catalogue No. 89-545-XPE
Price $50.00
Format Softcover
Pages 200
Language English; Aussi disponible en français
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Last modified: April 20, 2006

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