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Literacy Skills and Economic Performance In Canada – They have become an even more important determinant of economic growth

We pool expanded international data from the PIAAC survey of adult skills across Canadian provinces and other participating countries to replicate the IALS-based analysis by Coulombe, Tremblay and Marchand (2004) as well as Coulombe and Tremblay (2006) based on more recent and more comprehensive data on the literacy skills of the adult population. Our results … Continue reading

Literacy and Essential Skills in Canada – The tension between the notions

A new report produced for CUPE entitled Influences: Lessons from policy and practices in literacy and essential skills in Canada, 1990-2019, explores the numerous issues dealing with literacy and essential skills and the evolution of these concepts in the past thirty years. It also analyzes trends with respect to government policies and their impacts on … Continue reading

Canada – Many workers have poor literacy skills, more than 40%, and the problem is getting worse

Workplaces are changing quickly. Machines or algorithms are replacing some tasks, and new and changing jobs require additional technical skills. To keep pace with these changes in current and future jobs, the ability to keep learning is the most important basic skill for any job. Because literacy is the most important “learning to learn skill,” … Continue reading

Gender Gaps in Numeracy and Literacy – The evolution of males’ advantage in numeracy and females’ advantage in literacy

Numeracy and literacy skills have become increasingly important in modern labour markets. The large gender differences that several studies have identified have therefore sparked considerable attention among researchers and policy makers. Little is known about the moment in which such gaps emerge, how they evolve and if their evolution differs across countries. We use data … Continue reading

Immigrants Literacy Skills – A gap equivalent to 3.5 years of schooling OECD finds

Immigrants have weaker literacy skills than native-born adults on average and the gap is the equivalent of 3.5 years of schooling. On average, about two-thirds of the difference in literacy proficiency between foreign- born and native-born adults is explained by how well immigrants have mastered the host country’s language and where they acquired their highest … Continue reading

Literacy in OECD – In most countries, there are large gaps which tend to widen with ages

In most countries, there are large gaps in literacy proficiency between socio-economically advantaged and disadvantaged 15-year-olds, which tend to widen on average as individuals enter adulthood. Socio-economic disparities vary widely from country to country How skills are distributed across the population has signi cant implications for economic and social outcomes. Therefore, assessing the extent to … Continue reading

Literacy and Numeracy skills of Teachers – On average, they score better but the scope for improvement varies between countries

Teachers are essential for the development of human capital in society. Their skills are formed in teacher training programs, but are also highly influenced by the type and overall quality of the students who enter these programs and become teachers. Understanding which segment of the population is part of the teacher corps is important in … Continue reading

Overqualification in Canada among Workers Aged 25 to 64 with a University Degree – 47% have lower literacy skills and 54% have lower numeracy skills

Based on a self-reported measure of overqualification, this article examines the association between overqualification and skills among workers aged 25 to 64 with a university degree, using data from the 2012 Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). This article also examines the extent to which overqualified workers are dissatisfied with their jobs. … Continue reading

Literacy and Numeracy and Age – Adults aged 55 to 65 are less proficient than adults aged 25 to 34 OECD says

The greying of the population is already creating challenges for governments in the long-term financing of healthcare, ageing care and pension systems, and because of the potentially negative effects on economic growth. Governments have to nd ways to keep older adults in the labour market and encourage investment in the development of the skills of older workers. … Continue reading

Skills – The economic value of literacy and numeracy

Even in OECD countries, where an increasing proportion of the workforce has a university degree, the value of basic skills in literacy and numeracy remains high. Indeed, in some countries the return for such skills, in the form of higher wages, is sufficiently large to suggest that they are in high demand and that there … Continue reading

Literacy, Numeracy and Computer Skills – Substantial returns to ICT skills OECD finds

This paper examines which incremental increases in numeracy skills, literacy skills and skills and readiness in using ICT for problem solving have the biggest impact on employment participation and related labour market outcomes, and how these compare to incremental increases in educational attainment. Using the 2012 PIAAC data, our analysis confirms that there are significantly … Continue reading

Low Literacy in Canada – In 2012, 17% of Canadian adults aged 16 to 65 with 29% in a low-income household

In 2012, 17% of Canadian adults aged 16 to 65 had a literacy score corresponding to level 1 and below, meaning that they could only find single pieces of information in shorts texts or only had a basic vocabulary. About 13% were in the two highest categories of literacy skills (level 4 and level 5). The median household … Continue reading

Canada – University graduates with lower levels of literacy and numeracy skills, 2012

In 2012, more than a quarter of university graduates in Canada aged 25 to 65 had a literacy score at the second level or below (out of five levels) in a survey on adult competencies led by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The survey, which was part of the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult … Continue reading

Social Media / People will need to be even more literate with them says Workopolis

Jobs for tech savvy social media experts will be as obsolete in 10 years as for more traditional occupations such as taxi dispatcher and toll booth operator, according to a new study released Tuesday by online employment site Workopolis. The study predicts that in their own ways social media experts will become a much a … Continue reading

UK / Shouldn’t waste the potential of so many of its citizens writes The Guardian

Recent research on adult skill levels in 24 rich nations sparked a rush of headlines on the inadequacy of our education system. England came 15th in literacy and 17th in numeracy in the global league table, based on a study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The report also revealed that people … Continue reading

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