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Ageing and Literacy Skills [electronic resource]: Evidence from IALS, ALL And PIAAC / Garry Barrett and W. Craig Riddell

Author:
Barrett, Garry [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
Paris : OECD Publishing, 2016.
Description:
1 online resource
Series:
  • OECD Education Working Papers, no.145. [More in this series]
  • OECD Education Working Papers, 1993-9019 ; no.145
Summary note:
This paper examines the relationship between age and literacy using data from the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS), the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL) and The Survey of Adult Skills, a product of the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). A negative partial relationship between literacy and age exists with literacy declining with age, especially after age 45. However, this relationship could reflect some combination of age and birth cohort effects. The analysis shows that in most participating countries the negative literacy-age profile observed in cross-sectional data arises from offsetting ageing and cohort effects. With some exceptions, more recent birth cohorts have lower levels of literacy and individuals from a given birth cohort lose literacy skills after they leave school at a rate greater than indicated by cross-sectional estimates. The results for birth cohort suggest that there is not a general tendency for literacy skills to decline from one generation to the next, but that the majority of the countries examined are doing a poorer job of developing literacy skills in successive generations.
Doi:
  • 10.1787/5jlphd2twps1-en
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