The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey: Age and Literacy
This report is the fourth in a series of four that investigate the initial results of the ALL survey. It presents an overview of New Zealanders’ skills in relation to age, and any changes since 1996.
Author(s): Paul Satherley and Elliot Lawes, Research Division, Ministry of Education.
Date Published: August 2008
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|ALL||The Adult Literacy and Life Skills survey, which was conducted by 12 countries between 2003 and 2008/09 (note that at the beginning of 2008 three of these countries had still to complete their participation in ALL).|
|Document Literacy||Deals with discontinuous text, such as graphs, charts and tables.|
|IALS||The International Adult Literacy Survey, which was conducted by 23 countries/regions between 1994 and 1998.|
|Higher Literacy |
|Levels 3, 4 or 5.|
|Levels||Prose literacy, document literacy and numeracy are assigned five cognitive levels:|
|Level 1:||Read simple documents, accomplish literal information matching with no distracting information, and perform simple one-step calculations.|
|Level 2:||Search a document and filter out some simple distracting information, make low-leve inferences, and execute one-or two-step calculations and estimations.|
|Level 3:||Perform more complex information filtering, sometimes requiring inferences, and manipulate mathematical symbols, perhaps in several stages.|
|Level 4:||Integrate information from a long passage, perform more complex inferences and complete multiple-step calculations requiring some reasoning.|
|Level 5:||Make high-level inferences or syntheses, use specialised knowledge, filter out multiple distractors, and understand and use abstract mathematical ideas with justification.|
|Low Literacy |
|Levels 1 or 2.|
|Mean||In general, the mean of a set of scores is the sum of the scores divided by the number of scores.|
|Numeracy||Addresses mathematical and numerical information.|
|Problem-solving||Involves analytical thinking, reasoning and logic.|
Problem-solving has been assigned four cognitive levels. For a description of typical tasks for the problem-solving domain (and a fuller description of prose and document literacy along with numeracy), see pages 17 and 18 of Learning a Living: First Results of the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey.
|Prose Literacy||Is concerned with continuous text, of the type found in books and newspaper articles.|
|Up-skilling ||Up-skilling: undertaking further education and training:|
|Formal:||participation in any course that is part of a programme of study leading toward a certificate, degree or diploma.|
|Non-formal:||participation in any course that is not part of a programme of study leading toward a certificate, degree or diploma.|
|either no participation in any up-skilling activities or participation in up-skilling activities such as guided tours, trade fairs, learning from instructional media, etc.|
|Very High Literacy |
|Level 4 or 5.|
|Very Low Literacy |
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