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International evidence review of basic skills: learning from high-performing and improving countries

Mallows, D; Litster, J; Carpentieri, JD; Johnson, C; (2015) International evidence review of basic skills: learning from high-performing and improving countries. (BIS Research paper 209 ). Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS): London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The 2012 Survey of Adult Skills (ISAS), part of the OECD’s Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competences (PIAAC)1 provides governments with data on levels of skills (and skills need) among the adult population, while also enabling cross-country comparisons in its three dimensions: literacy, numeracy and problem solving in a technology rich environment (PS-TRE). This research focused on countries that were high-performing in at least one of the three dimensions assessed by the OECD’s Survey of Adult Skills, or rapidly improving in literacy. The study comprised of three strands: (1) a rapid review and assessment of international evidence; (2) analysis of data from the International Survey of Adult Skills conducted as part of PIAAC, and (3) four in-depth country case studies which included interviews with basic skills experts and English and non-English language literature reviews. Specifically the research set out to explore whether high-performing and improving countries share common socio-demographic, economic or educational characteristics with each other and with England, to examine the characteristics behind high performance in these countries and to investigate basic skills delivery to adults including programmes aimed at younger people and initiatives that use learning technology. In so doing, the main aim of this study was to draw lessons that could inform future adult basic skills policy, its delivery and the application of skills by adults in England.

Type: Report
Title: International evidence review of basic skills: learning from high-performing and improving countries
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/literac...
Language: English
Additional information: © Crown copyright 2015. You may re-use this information (not including logos) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence.
Keywords: PIAAC, Adult Literacy, Comparative, Adult numeracy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1492952
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