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The International Adult Literacy Survey: What Does It Really Measure?

Hamilton, Mary and Barton, David (2000) The International Adult Literacy Survey: What Does It Really Measure? International Review of Education, 46 (5). pp. 377-389. ISSN 0020-8566

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Abstract

The paper evaluates the work of the International Adult Literacy Survey as reported in OECD 1997. It assesses its contribution to understanding literacy in terms of the perspective of the New Literacy Studies. It outlines this perspective as a basis for a critique that is mostly concerned with the validity of the test. Three criticisms of the survey are made: that it provides only a partial picture of literacy; that culture is treated as bias; and that the test items do not represent the real-life items as claimed. Finally, the paper concludes with an overall evaluation of what the IALS achieves in terms of its own aims.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Review of Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 26593
Deposited By: Professor Mary Hamilton
Deposited On: 08 Jun 2009 14:37
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:29
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/26593

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