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ERIC Number: EJ1150484
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2169-0480
Educational Attainment: Limited Implications for Adult Literacy Learners
Miller, Christine Dunagin; Greenberg, Daphne; Hendrick, Robert C.; Nanda, Alice
Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, v6 n2 p21-36 Sum 2017
Social science research often uses educational qualification as a signifier for characteristics such as abilities, earnings potential, and civic participation in adulthood. This study focused on two types of adult literacy students who were native speakers of English and identified words at the 3rd to 5th grade levels but differed in one key demographic identifier. One group had dropped out prior to attending high school while the other group had graduated from high school. Differences between the two groups were examined in terms of their underlying reading skills, employment, voter registration status, reading pleasure, self-perception of reading ability, print reading practices, and technology based reading practices. Results showed very few statistically significant differences between the two groups. These findings suggest that for individuals who have difficulty reading, higher educational qualification levels do not necessarily imply differences in other characteristics. Implications for further research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Peabody Individual Achievement Test
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A