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ALL (Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey)

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This is the home page for the ALL Survey publications, and its predecessor IALS (International Adult Literacy Survey).

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Literacy skills of young adult New Zealanders

Literacy skills of young adult New Zealanders This report explores how the literacy of young adults (aged 16-24) in New Zealand varies according to a wide range of factors. Literacy here refers to literacy in English only, and the main aspect of literacy considered is document literacy, which refers to the ability to read and interpret non-continuous texts, such as tables, diagrams and maps. To highlight the relationships of the factors with the document literacy scores of young adults, comparisons are made with the effects of the factors in the population aged 25-65.

Author(s): Chris Lane, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: June 2011

Factors linked to young adult literacy

Factors linked to young adult literacy This report explores the factors linked to the literacy of young adults (aged 16-24) in New Zealand using statistical modelling. Literacy here refers to literacy in English only, and the particular aspect of literacy considered is document literacy, which refers to the ability to read and interpret non-continuous texts, such as tables, diagrams and maps. To identify the factors especially important to young people, it compares these with the factors related to document literacy in the population aged 25-65.

Author(s): Chris Lane, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: June 2011

Adult literacy and numeracy in New Zealand - A regional analysis

Adult literacy and numeracy in New Zealand - A regional analysis This report analyses the distribution of literacy and numeracy skills among people aged 25 to 65 in New Zealand in 2006, using data from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey. It investigates whether there were geographical concentrations of people with higher literacy and numeracy and with low literacy and numeracy. Three key factors provide a good account for the distribution of high and low literacy and numeracy: completed education, first language (English or not), and computer use, especially at work. The factor which most closely paralleled the regional distribution of literacy and numeracy was the percentage of people in a region using a computer at work. This report builds on the analysis set out in Adult literacy and numeracy in New Zealand – Key factors.

Author(s): Chris Lane, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: July 2010

Adult literacy and numeracy in New Zealand - Key factors

Adult literacy and numeracy in New Zealand - Key factors This report explores a range of factors associated with English literacy and numeracy among people aged 25-65, using data from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey 2006. It finds that three key factors can account for a large part of the variation between people in their literacy and numeracy skills: completed education, language background and computer use. Computer use was strongly associated with higher literacy and numeracy, especially the combination of work and home computer use. Computer use was associated with intensive and extensive reading, writing and numeracy practices. Work computer use or non-use divided jobs broadly into those that required higher literacy and numeracy and those that did not. There was a large overlap between the groups of people with low literacy and low numeracy, and the group of people who did not use a computer at work.

Author(s): Chris Lane, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: July 2010

Skills, qualifications, experience and the distribution of wages

Skills, qualifications, experience and the distribution of wages This paper extends previous work on skills, qualifications and wages to look at the relationship between literacy skills and qualifications to the distribution of wages. It draws on data from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey. It shows that people with higher levels of literacy have significantly greater opportunities to earn higher incomes, where they are earning above the median wage.

Author(s): David Earle, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: March 2010

Labour market outcomes of skills and qualifications

Labour market outcomes of skills and qualifications This paper looks at the employment and income benefits of literacy skills and qualifications.It draws on data from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) survey. The results of the analysis show that the benefit of increased literacy without higher qualifications is limited in the New Zealand labour market. The major benefit comes from improved literacy in combination with gaining a qualification, which can result in greater opportunities to move into higher paid jobs.

Author(s): David Earle, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: March 2010

Non-formal and formal learning – Adults in education

Non-formal and formal learning – Adults in education This fact sheet looks at the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 engaged in some form of study in 2006. In particular, it includes new information on the total rate at which adults participated in non-formal learning. The fact sheet also looks at hours spent in non-formal learning, and whether adults were doing this for work-related or personal reasons, and explores how these differ by gender, age, education level, and labour force status.

Author(s): David Scott and Chris Lane, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: March 2010

Tertiary education, skills and productivity

Tertiary education, skills and productivity This report updates and extends an article that was first published in Profile and Trends 2007 (Ministry of Education, 2008). It provides an overview of the information and literature relating to the link between tertiary education, skills and productivity in New Zealand.

Author(s): David Earle, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting Division, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: February 2010

The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey: Numeracy Skills and Education in New Zealand & Australia

The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey: Numeracy Skills and Education in New Zealand & Australia This report provides an initial investigation into the relationships between education level, numeracy, participation in up-skilling and self-assessed numeracy through the adult populations of New Zealand and Australia.

Author(s): Paul Satherley and Elliot Lawes, Research Division, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: August 2009

Date Released on Education Counts: 12 October 2009

The Adult and Life Skills (ALL) Survey an Analysis: The effect of first language and education on literacy, employment and income

The Adult and Life Skills (ALL) Survey an Analysis: The effect of first language and education on literacy, employment and income The report uses data from the 2006 Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) survey to look at New Zealanders who have English as an additional language. It explores their literacy and numeracy skills and educational qualifications and the effect of having English as an additional language on employment and income opportunities.

Author(s): David Earle, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: September 2009

Released on Education Counts : 10 September 2009

Skills and education: How well do educational qualifications measure skills?

Skills and education: How well do educational qualifications measure skills? This report, based on the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey 2006, examines the link between English literacy and numeracy skills and educational qualifications by looking at the characteristics of people who have high levels of qualifications but low levels of literacy or numeracy, and at those who have high levels of literacy or numeracy despite low levels of qualifications.

Author(s): Roger Smyth and Chris Lane, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: September 2009

Released on Education Counts: 10 September 2009

Literacy and Life Skills for Pasifika Adults - Further Investigation: Results from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey

Literacy and Life Skills for Pasifika Adults - Further Investigation: Results from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey This report, which complements Literacy and Life Skills for Pasifika Adults, investigates the extent to which the distribution of English literacy among Pasifika adults is associated with changes in the distribution of their educational attainment and familiarity with English.

Author(s): Elliot Lawes, Research Division, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: August 2009

Released on Education Counts: September 2009

Literacy and Life Skills for Pasifika Adults: Results from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey

Literacy and Life Skills for Pasifika Adults: Results from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey The 2006 ALL survey was designed to measure the distribution of literacy and numeracy skills among the adult population of New Zealand. The ALL survey included an oversample of Pasifika adults. This design feature has allowed meaningful insights into the distribution of literacy and numeracy skills among the adult Pasifika population of New Zealand.

Author(s): Elliot Lawes, Research Division, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: August 2009

Released on Education Counts: September 2009

Literacy and Life Skills for Māori Adults - Further Investigation: Results from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey

Literacy and Life Skills for Māori Adults - Further Investigation: Results from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey This report, which complements Literacy and Life Skills for Maori Adults, investigates the extent to which the distribution of literacy among Maori adults is associated with a range of potential explanatory factors.

Author(s): Paul Satherley and Elliot Lawes, Research Division, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: August 2009

Released on Education Counts: September 2009

Literacy and Life Skills for Māori Adults: Results from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey

Literacy and Life Skills for Māori Adults: Results from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey The 2006 ALL survey measured skills in prose literacy, document literacy, numeracy and problem solving. The ALL survey included an oversample of Māori adults. This design feature has allowed meaningful analyses of the distribution of literacy and numeracy skills among the adult Māori population of New Zealand.

Author(s): Paul Satherley and Elliot Lawes, Research Division, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: August 2009

Released on Education Counts: September 2009

Skills, qualifications and wages: An analysis from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills survey

Skills, qualifications and wages: An analysis from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills survey This study used data from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills survey to look at the extent to which hourly wages can be explained by skills and qualifications across industries and occupations. Hourly wages can be viewed as a measure of employee productivity. The results show that qualifications and literacy and numeracy skills are both related to higher hourly wages. However, the effects differ across industries and occupation. In addition, age, gender and first-language also have an influence on wages.

Author(s): David Earle, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: May 2009

The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey Short Analyses: ‘Well-being and education’ and ‘How well do qualifications predict literacy and numeracy’

The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey Short Analyses: ‘Well-being and education’ and ‘How well do qualifications predict literacy and numeracy’ These two fact sheets provide short analyses from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey 2006. They look at:
  • The relationship between New Zealanders’ education level and their assessment of their well-being
  • The extent to which educational qualifications can be used to predict literacy and numeracy levels

Author(s): Comparative Education Research and Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: March 2009

The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey: Gender, Ethnicity and Literacy

The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey: Gender, Ethnicity and Literacy This report is the third 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 gender and ethnicity, and any changes since 1996.

Author(s): Paul Satherley & Elliot Lawes, Research Division, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: September 2008

The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey: Age and Literacy

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

The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey: Education, Work and Literacy

The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey: Education, Work and Literacy This report presents an overview of New Zealanders’ skills in relation to educational and labour force characteristics and compares results from the 1996 International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) with results from the 2006 ALL survey. It was originally published in May 2008 and revised in April 2009. (The original version of this report, published in May 2008, contained errors in Figures 6.1-6.5 and the associated commentary of Chapter 6: Occupation). This current and revised version rectifies these errors.

Author(s): Paul Satherley, Elliot Lawes and Saila Sok, Research Division, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: 9 May 2008 (Revised version April 2009)


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