Education and Cognitive Skills in the Spanish Adult Population. Inter-generational Comparison of Mathematical Knowledge from the PIAAC Data


  • Antonio Villar Pablo de Olavide University



The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competences (PIAAC), coordinated by the OECD, is a new step in the generation of internationally comparable data on the cognitive skills of the population in a wide range of countries. It extends former work on the abilities of the adult population in the field of reading literacy (IALS, ALL) and complements the studies carried out on the levels of competence of young people in different fields and for different ages (PISA, PIRLS and TIMSS, among others).[1] The present study provides cross-section data on the skills of the adult population (aged 16 to 65 years) in the areas of reading literacy and mathematics.Twenty-four countries have participated in this first wave and a few more will be incorporated in an extension intended for the next years. The assessment of people’s skills is carried out through questionnaires and the valuations are measured on a scale of 0-500 points.



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How to Cite

Villar, A. (2014). Education and Cognitive Skills in the Spanish Adult Population. Inter-generational Comparison of Mathematical Knowledge from the PIAAC Data. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 1(1), 72–88.