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OECD Skills Studies
Time for the U.S. to Reskill?
What the Survey of Adult Skills Says
OECD Publishing , Date de parution:  26 nov 2013
Pages: 108 , Langue: Anglais
Version: Livre (Broché) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264204898 , Code OCDE: 872013041P1
Prix:   €30 | $42 | £27 | ¥3900 | MXN540 , Frais de livraison inclus
Disponibilité: Disponible
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The ‘basic skills’ of literacy and numeracy are among the most fundamental attributes of human beings and their civilization, lying at the root of our capacity to communicate and live and work together, to develop and share knowledge, science and culture. Their contribution to workforce skills have increasingly been recognized as critical to economic success, while evidence on gaps in adult basic skills and the link with economic and social outcomes has also been growing, both at national and international level (e.g. International Survey of Adult Skills of 1994-98 and Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey of 2003-2007). Most tellingly, there has been a belated realization that despite universal basic education in advanced countries, some adults have slipped through the net, leaving them with very weak literacy and numeracy. All of these factors underline the importance of the OECD’s new international Survey of Adult Skills.

This report on skills in the US draws out the policy implications of the Survey for the US, while also making use of some additional data collected for the Survey on the US alone. The study does not directly evaluate relevant US policies and programs – such as schooling and adult education. Instead it identifies in the results of the Survey some key lessons about the strategic objectives and directions which should form a frame for policy development in the US, including policy on adult learning and schooling.

Tables des matières:

Summary of findings and policy recommendations

-Key findings
-Policy recommendations
Chapter 1. The Survey of Adult Skills and the role of this special report
Chapter 2. Basic skills in the United States
-Basic Skills in the US: How they compare, what they mean for the US, and how they might be explained
-Adults with low skills
Chapter 3. Policy recommendations for the United States
-The US results and the basis for policy
-Policy recommendations
Annex A. Methodology of the Survey of Adult Skills
Annex B. What adults can do at different levels of literacy proficiency
Annex C. What adults can do at different levels of numeracy proficiency
Annex D. What adults can do at different levels of proficiency in problem solving in technology-rich environments
Annex E. Key figures on adult skills in the United States versus other countries
Annex F. Key tables on adult skills in the United States versus other countries

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