The development and validation of testing materials for literacy, numeracy and digital skills in a Dutch context

Maurice de Greef*, Mien Segers, Jan Nijhuis, Jo Fond Lam, Mieke van Groenestijn, Frans van Hoek, Alexander J.A.M. van Deursen, Ella Bohnenn, Marga Tubbing

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    Abstract

    Besides work-oriented training, most Dutch adult learning courses of formal and non-formal education focus on three basic skills: literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments. In the Netherlands, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science recently initiated the development of a new adult education framework concerning literacy, numeracy and digital skills. In order to monitor the progress of literacy, numeracy and digital competencies, it is necessary to develop and validate testing materials for specific competencies. This study validates the testing materials which were developed to assess learners’ proficiency in literacy (reading and writing), numeracy and digital skills based on the new Dutch framework. The outcome is that the materials proved valid and can be used in different courses referring to basic skills and adult learning, though there are still some limitations. Besides adult education professionals (such teachers and trainers), policy makers can also use the results of these tests in order to describe and monitor the impact of adult education on the lives of adult learners.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)655-671
    Number of pages17
    JournalInternational review of education
    Volume61
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015

    Keywords

    • Adult learning
    • Basic skills
    • Digital skills
    • Literacy
    • Numeracy
    • Testing materials
    • 2023 OA procedure

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