ERIC Number: ED491921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
"One Day I Will Make It". A Study of Adult Student Persistence in Library Literacy Programs. NCSALL Research Brief
Porter, Kristin E.; Cuban, Sondra; Comings, John P.; Chase, Valerie
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)
Whether in the context of work, parenting, or civic responsibility, strong literacy and communication skills are more essential than ever to realizing one's full potential in America. Many people who did not acquire these skills while growing up look to adult education programs for instruction in literacy, English language fluency, or other types of basic skills. Research shows, however, that adult students often do not participate in such programs long enough to reap substantial learning gains. Many quickly drop out or attend education activities only sporadically, making little learning progress. Research suggests that students in adult literacy programs participate an average of 70 hours in a 12-month period; yet 100 to 150 hours of participation are required to improve literacy by one grade level. In recent years, concerns about low levels of persistence in adult education have become a major policy and program issue as federal funding has been made increasingly contingent on programs' abilities to demonstrate improvements in their students' achievement.
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Language Fluency, Literacy, Communication Skills, Adult Students, Basic Skills, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL). 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210. Tel: 617-482-9485; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ncsall.net.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, Boston, MA.