The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Study: An Introduction Poster

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This poster is intended as an introduction to the ALL study. It seeks to explain the nature of the ALL study, its application, and how the ALL results will be presented. It contains none of the ALL results itself.

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

Date Published: September 2007

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The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) study is an investigation of the distribution of certain skills (such as literacy, numeracy, and document interpretation) among the adult population. It is conducted at both international and national levels. This allows for comparison with other countries as well as providing information specific to New Zealand. 

The ALL study follows a similar study – the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) – conducted in 1996 and is, in part, directly comparable to this earlier work. This comparison will provide a picture of some of the changes that may have occurred, both nationally, and internationally, over the previous decade.

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