|2.||The Literacy Situation in Canada|
|A.||What is Literacy?|
Literacy is more than the ability to decode words. Indeed, as the summary to the Second Report of the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS): Literacy Skills for the Knowledge Society(1) indicates: Literacy means more than knowing how to read, write or calculate. It involves understanding and being able to use the information required to function effectively.
This has some important implications:
As we shall see later, these factors are all closely related to health.
1 Published by the National Literacy Secretariat, Human Resources Development Canada and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, 1997.
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