Adults with Low Proficiency in Literacy or Numeracy

Adults with Low Proficiency in Literacy or Numeracy. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Anke Grotlüschen et al. April 14, 2016.

The paper offers a comprehensive analysis of the information from the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) regarding adults with low literacy and numeracy proficiency. The paper first describes the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of these populations. Although, they are more likely than the rest of the population to exhibit certain characteristics, such as lower levels of educational attainment, lower rates of unemployment or more disadvantaged backgrounds, adults with low literacy are found in among all socio-demographic groups and in all walks of life. The paper then explores the frequency with which adults with low proficiency engage in the reading, writing and numeracy practices and the relationship between these practices and a range of social and economic outcomes. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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