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ERIC Number: ED607757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Literacy Skills, Immigration and Motivation to Learn among Adults in the U.S.
Sahoo, Shalini; Millar, Roberto J.; Yamashita, Takashi; Cummins, Phyllis A.
Grantee Submission, Paper presented at the Adult Education in Global Times Conference (Vancouver, BC, Jun 2020)
This study examined how literacy skills and nativity status (foreign-born vs. U.S. born) are associated with motivation to learn (MtL). Nationally representative data (N = 8,670) of adults between the ages of 18 years old and older years were obtained from the 2012/2014 Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). Structural equation models showed that higher literacy skills (0-500 points) (b = 0.159, p < 0.05) were associated with greater MtL. Additionally, foreign-born individuals tended to have (b = -0.064, p < 0.05) lower MtL than U.S.-born individuals. Limited literacy skills, educational attainment, and being an immigrant are potential barriers to motivation towards life-long learning participation among middle-aged adults. [This paper was published in: J. P. Egan (Ed.), "Proceedings of the Adult Education in Global Times Conference." Ottawa, ON: Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education." (ISBN 978-0-920056-53-0).]
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A170183