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Final Report of the Development of an International Adult Learning Module (OECD AL Module): Recommendations on Methods, Concepts and Questions in International Adult Learning Surveys

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  • Helmut Kuwan

    (Social Research and Consultancy)

  • Ann-Charlotte Larsson

    (Statistics Sweden)

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Policy interest in international surveys on Adult Learning (AL) has increased strongly. AL survey data are used as benchmarks for a country‘s educational system. However, results of key indicators like participation in learning activities often vary remarkably between different data sources. Stating that these differences are due to varying concepts and methods is not enough. The key question is: Which figures represent reality more appropriately? Therefore, evaluation of survey concepts and methods is crucial for international comparison of Adult Learning. This report provides guidelines on methodological and conceptual issues. Part one covers methodological aspects while part two deals with concepts, definitions and example questions. Recommendations are based on input from 14 countries... L‘intérêt politique envers les enquêtes portant sur la formation des adultes s‘est fortement accru. Les données issues des études menées sur ce thème sont utilisées comme mesures de la performance des systèmes éducatifs nationaux. Pourtant, les résultats d‘indicateurs clés tels que la participation aux activités de formation varient souvent de façon marquée selon la source des données. Il ne suffit cependant pas d‘invoquer les divers concepts et méthodes employés pour expliquer ces variations. En effet, la question clé est la suivante : quels sont les chiffres qui représentent la réalité de la façon la plus appropriée ? Par conséquent, l‘évaluation des concepts et méthodes d‘enquête s‘avère cruciale pour la comparaison internationale des formations des adultes. Le présent rapport founit des directives sur des questions méthodologiques et conceptuelles. La première partie traite des aspects méthodologiques, tandis que la deuxième partie présente les concepts, définitions et les exemples de questions. Les recommandations formulées reposent sur des données fournies par 14 pays...

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  • Helmut Kuwan & Ann-Charlotte Larsson, 2008. "Final Report of the Development of an International Adult Learning Module (OECD AL Module): Recommendations on Methods, Concepts and Questions in International Adult Learning Surveys," OECD Education Working Papers 21, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:eduaab:21-en
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