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Adult Literacy and Education in America: Four Studies Based on the National Adult Literacy Survey.

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Based on the National Adult Literacy Survey of 1992, which described the literacy skills of adults in the United States (based on data drawn from a random sample of 13,600 adults across the United States, and from telephone interviews with additional adults and from other sources, with a total of 26,000 adult participants), this report contains four research essays that investigate the relationship between formal schooling and adult literacy proficiency. (The most pervasive finding in the National Adult Literacy Survey was that literacy proficiency is strongly related to levels of formal schooling.) "Formal Education and Adult Literacy Proficiencies" (Carl F. Kaestle) explores the interrelationships of race/ethnicity and age to literacy proficiency and formal schooling. "School Non-completers and Literacy" (Jeremy D. Finn) provides a picture of who drops out and what impact that decision has on literacy proficiency. "Adults Performing at the Two Lowest Literacy Levels" (Sylvia T. Johnson) looks at those least effectively served by schools. "Education for the Workplace" (Larry J. Mikulecky) explores the adult literacy proficiencies of those in various occupations. (The report includes five appendixes that contain information on interpreting the literacy scales, 97 tables and figures, an overview of the procedures used in the National Adult Literacy Survey, definitions, and information about participants in the development of the study and the authors.) (KC)

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Author:Kaestle, Carl F.; Campbell, Anne; Finn, Jeremy D.; Johnson, Sylvia T.; Mikulecky, Larry J.
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:Dec 1, 2001
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