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Scottish Survey of Adult Literacies 2009: Report of Findings

DescriptionThis Report explores Adult Literacies in Scotland using data from 2009 Scottish Survey of Adult Literacies(2009)
Official Print Publication DateAugust 2010
Website Publication DateAugust 13, 2010


Ralf St.Clair, University of Glasgow, Lyn Tett, University of Edinburgh, Kathy Maclachlan, University of Glasgow

ISBN 978 0 7559 9480 0
DPPAS 10360

This document is also available in pdf format (815k)
This report is also accompanied by research findings 58/2010,
and also a technical annex.


Executive Summary


1 Introduction
Survey design
What SSAL2009 measures
How the survey works
Converting test results into literacy skills
Reading this report
Structure of this report
Technical report

2 The distribution of literacies In Scotland
Literacies distribution across Scotland
Literacies and gender
Literacies and age
Literacies and educational attendance
Literacies and highest qualification
Literacies, disabilities and health issues
Literacies and social class
Literacies and gross personal income
Literacies and economic activity
Literacies and receipt of benefits
Literacies and rural or urban living
Literacies and Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation
Significant relationships between factors
Chapter summary

3 Literacies in Everyday Life
Literacy practices in everyday life
Self-assessment of everyday literacy skills
Support and help with literacy practices
Chapter summary

4 Literacies in the Workplace
Literacy and occupation
Literacy practices at work
Self Assessment of practices in the workplace
Participation in education and training
Chapter summary

5 Factors Associated with Lower Literacy Scores
Factors associated with level 1 scores
Factors associated with level 1 or 2 scores
Factors increasing the odds of scoring at level 1
Understanding the implications of the scores across all three scales
Chapter Summary

6 Comparing SSAL2009 with IALS 1996
Distribution of scores
Literacy and educational attendance
Predictors of level 1 scores
Chapter summary


Annex for Chapter 2: Tables on the distribution of literacy scores
A2.1 Gender distribution of literacy scores
A2.2 Age distribution of literacy scores
A2.3 Educational attendance and literacy scores
A2.4 Highest qualification and literacy scores
A2.5 Health, disability and literacy scores
A2.6 Literacy and social class
A2.7 Income and literacy scores
A2.8 Literacy and economic activity
A2.9 Literacy and receipt of benefits
A2.10 Literacy and urban/rural living
A2.11 Literacy scores and the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation
A2.12 Statistical significance of relationships between selected variables and mean scores on three literacy scores

Annex for Chapter 3: Tables on literacies in everyday life
A3.1 Literacy practices in everyday life
A3.2 Self assessment of literacy skills
A3.3 Support or help with literacy practices

Annex for Chapter 4: Tables on workplace literacies
A4.1 Relationships between literacy scores and work
A4.2 Workplace literacy practices
A4.3 Self assessment of literacy practices
A4.4 Participation in education and training

Annex for Chapter 5: Tables on factors associated with level 1 and level 2 scores
5.1 Characteristics associated with scoring at level 1 or 2 on literacy scales
5.2 Odds of scoring at level 1 by social factor

Annex for Chapter 6: Tables on 1996 and 2009 findings
A6.1 Distribution of literacy scores
A6.2 Educational attendance and literacy

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

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