ERIC Number: ED418240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
National Forum on Adult Education and Literacy: Views from Adult Learners (Washington, D.C., September 1997).
Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education and Literacy.
A national forum was conducted in September 1997 to obtain the views of former and current students in adult literacy education programs about challenges they faced and ways to facilitate success for future students. The thoughts of 57 literacy delegates from 44 states were elicited on 4 topics: participants' hopes and expectations; accessibility and support services in adult education programs; program structure of adult education programs; and factors influencing persistence and retention. Some of the perceptions of the delegates were the following: (1) many entered literacy education programs for employment reasons, others were concerned about their children and wanted to break the cycle of illiteracy, and still others wanted to empower themselves and plan for the future; (2) recognizing the critical difference education has made in their lives, literacy delegates indicated they are committed to sharing their knowledge and helping others to enroll in the programs; (3) literacy delegates learned about programs through public awareness campaigns and through friends and acquaintances; (4) participants enjoyed learning subjects that were relevant in their daily lives, using teaching materials designed for adults, and learning with peers; (5) participants identified barriers to success as motivational issues, transportation, childcare needs, scheduling conflicts, and financial burdens, whereas personal support systems were important to success. Participants made recommendations based on their observations for adult literacy program improvement. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education and Literacy.