NOMAD 22(1), 2017

Skapad: 2017-03-15. Ändrad: 2017-03-15  

NOMAD 22(1), 2017

The older the better? Are younger Norwegian adults losing ground on basic numeracy skills?

Mary G. Billington and Egil Gabrielsen


Results from the OECD survey of adult skills, 2012 brought good tidings for Norway. The average numeracy score for the Norwegian adult population lies well over the OECD average. However, a closer look at the age skill profile shows that while older Norwegians score well over the OECD average for their age group, younger Norwegians score around the OECD average. Comparing these results to results from an earlier study of adult skills, conducted in 2003, suggests a downward trend in numeracy proficiency for the younger generation. We discuss recent school reforms as a possible cohort effect influencing this trend.

Mary G. Billington

Mary G. Billington is working as a researcher at National Reading Centre, University of Stavanger and at the International Research Institute of Stavanger. Her current research interests are in adult numeracy and workplace learning. Billington has a PhD. in Mathematics Education.

Egil Gabrielsen

Egil Gabrielsen (PhD) is docent at the National Reading Centre, University of Stavanger. He was national study manager for both the International Adult Literacy Study, 1998 (IALS) and the Adult Literacy and Life Skills survey, 2003 (ALL). Gabrielsen is involved in three studies based on data from the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies, 2012 (PIAAC).