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Title: Ontario Adult Literacy Survey, 1998 [Canada]      
dateReleased:
02-29-2012
downloadURL: http://hdl.handle.net/1902.5/89M0018XCB_E_1998
ID:
hdl:1902.5/89M0018XCB_E_1998
description:
The goal of the proposed study was to obtain a literacy profile for immigrants living in Ontario, in the reading of either English or French. In particular, immigrants from the Caribbean with a mother tongue of English and immigrants with a mother tongue of Chinese, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian were profiled. Further, the study measured Ontarios immigrants perceived skills in English or French and in their own mother tongue (if applicable) as well as perceived needs with regard to training and the barriers which may restrict access to such training. The central element of the survey was the direct assessment of the literacy skills of Ontario immigrants using commonplace tasks of varying degree of difficulty drawn from a range of topic and knowledge areas. This information was supported by the collection of background information on respondents. In addition, the background questionnaire included questions on the self-assessment of literacy skills of respondents, on the training which the respondent has taken in the year previous to the survey and on the perceived barriers to realizing enhanced literacy skill levels.Each interview was approximately 1.5 hours in duration and consisted of a half-hour questionnaire, asking demographic and literacy-related questions as well as a one-hour literacy test. This literacy test was derived from that used in the 1994 International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) and covered the domains of document and quantitative literacy. An overall response rate to the survey of 76% was achieved, resulting in 4,648 respondents.
description:
Special Surveys Division, 2012, "Ontario Adult Literacy Survey, 1998 [Canada]"
name:
Special Surveys Division
homePage: http://www.harvard.edu/
name:
Harvard University
ID:
SCR:011273
abbreviation:
DataVerse
homePage: http://thedata.org/
name:
Dataverse Network Project
ID:
SCR:001997