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Study Report

Study Number: QD-506-001-2-1-International-STATCAN-2002

Subject Area: Education Attitudes and Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: International adult literacy survey: microdata package.  [machine-readable data file] / Statistics Canada. Special Surveys Division.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ottawa, Ontario: Statistics Canada  [distributor].

Date Accessioned: 3/5/2007

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: Users of this microdata package needs to obtain a permission from the study custodian, Jack Solock according to a license agreement with Statistics Canada. Data are in 3 different formats: raw ASCII, SAS system file for PC and SPSS system file for PC. 10/09 Public use microdata File can be obtained from this Statistics Canada website. For U.S. resutls from IALS, visit this NCES site.

Access Status: Permission of data custodian must be obtained

Documentation: Machine-readable only. The user's guide, questionnaires and the record layouts are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. There are hyper links between these PDF files. The directory structure needs to be maintained for these hyper links to work properly (see CDE acquisition number 1734.00).

Abstract: The international adult literacy survey (IALS) was conducted by 20 countries and 3 intergovernmental organizations to collect information on adult literacy. In this survey, large samples of adults (ranging from 1,500 to 6,000 per country) were given the same broad test of their literacy skills between 1994 and 1998. The results provide the most detailed portrait ever created on the condition of adult literacy and its relationship with an array of background and demographic characteristics. The participating countries are Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland (German, French, Italian), United Kingdom (Great Britain, Northern Ireland) and United States. There are 479 variables and 64,175 records in this IALS microdata file. (exerpted from IALS user's guide)

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