The results of the Survey of Adult Skills confirm that there is a strong link between the level of numeracy performance and the use of these skills in practice. In view of these findings, countries could further encourage the teaching of numeracy-related disciplines in a wider variety of higher education pathways. Such a measure is particularly important as numeracy skills and practices play a crucial role in many dimensions of individual well‑being.
- Students have a higher average level of numeracy proficiency than adults who are not in education, and are more likely to be intensively engaged in numeracy practices by using their skills daily.
- Students are most likely to be intensively engaged in numeracy practices in the Czech Republic and Finland, and least likely in Turkey and England/Northern Ireland (United Kingdom). The percentage of students making little use of numeracy is highest in Turkey and Japan and lowest in Finland and the Czech Republic.
- Field of study and numeracy level are the two clearest positive predictors of how intensely students engage in numeracy practices.
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