Low literacy in Germany: Results from the second German literacy survey
Keywords:Assessment, literacy, literacy practices
AbstractWhen Germany performed the first national assessment on reading and writing skills among adults in 2010 (LEO), it was late compared to other European countries such as_x000D_
England or France. Now the results of the second round of that survey reveal a higher average literacy level in Germany compared to the preceding survey. In this paper, we briefly discuss the state of literacy research in large-scale surveys and offer some critical viewpoints. Next, we present the results of the two LEO surveys from 2010 and 2018. Besides providing information about the composition of the low-literate adult population in Germany (aged 18–64 years), we selected results that might help to critically revise current stereotypes about adults who have difficulties reading and writing.
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