Adults’ literacy as mechanism for their societal inclusion

Adults’ literacy as mechanism for their societal inclusion

Кuz’mina Yu.V.

Institute of education, Scientific Research University, Higher school of economics, Moscow, Russia

Popov D.S.

Cand. Sci. (Sociol.), Leading Researcher, Institute of Sociology of FCTAS RAS; Associate Prof., National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

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Кuz’mina Yu.V., Popov D.S. Adults’ literacy as mechanism for their societal inclusion. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2015. No 7. P. 48-57


In this paper we discuss interrelation between functional literacy of adults and their participation in contemporary society, and involvement in social life. The research is based on the results of PIAAC – Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competences. It was proposed earlier that people with lower level of literacy are in fact excluded from modern society and appear to be in so called “risk group” without job, but with broken health and vague life prospects. We did not find full confirmation for this hypothesis in Russia and at the same time we argue that position of highly literate adults in Russia seems to be much worse compared to similar people of OECD countries. We suggest hypothesis for further research and formulate recommendations for progress of adult education in Russia.

PIAAC; competences; literacy; adult education; educational policy
Content No 7, 2015