Literacy in the future – the future of literacy in Canada
June 17th, 2008 by Maria Moriarty
Based on analysis and sythesis of data from the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survery (IALSS ) the report argues that the proportion of adults with low literacy skills will remain more or less constant and that, based on projected population growth, there will be a 25% increase in the number of Canadian adults with low literacy skills. Reading the Future includes an interactive online tool, PALMM – Projections of Adult Literacy – Measuring Movement to calculate adultl literacy rates in the future. The report also discusses approaches to improving literacy, and a short series of video clips in which adult literacy students describe their learning journeys.
Although the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS) data is widely accepted and often used in support of arguments for greater support for adult literacy some have questioned its metholdology and the analysisof the data. For example the provocatively titled article , Adults just don’t know how stupid they are – Dublious statistics in Adult Literacy and Numeracy – by Inge Hennigsen of the Department of Statistics at the University of Copenhagen provides a critical counterpoint and makes for very interesting reading.