Adult skills

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The Survey of Adult Skills: Reader's Companion, Second Edition

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Actual skill levels often differ from what formal education qualifications suggest. For example, tertiary-educated adults in Chile perform better than their less-educated peers, but their scores in literacy and numeracy are well below the OECD average. On the other hand, on average, Japanese and Dutch high school graduates easily outperform university graduates in some other countries.
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Literacy is the ability to understand, evaluate, use and engage with written texts to participate in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential. Literacy encompasses a range of skills from the decoding of written words and sentences to the comprehension, interpretation, and evaluation of complex texts. It does not, however, involve the production of text.
Numeracy is the ability to access, use, interpret and communicate mathematical information and ideas in order to engage in and manage the mathematical demands of a range of situations in adult life. To this end, numeracy involves managing a situation or solving a problem in a real context, by responding to mathematical content represented in multiple ways.
Problem solving is the ability to use digital technology, communication tools and networks to acquire and evaluate information, communicate with others, and perform practical tasks.