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ERIC Number: ED592174
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr-9
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Adult Readiness to Learn: An International Study of Individual and Contextual Predictors
Smith, Thomas J.; Rose, Amy D.; Ross-Gordon, Jovita M.; Smith, M. Cecil
AERA Online Paper Repository, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, Apr 8-12, 2016)
The present study examined an international sample of adults from the Survey of Adult Skills administered by the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC; Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2009) to assess (1) how specific individual and country-level characteristics predict adult readiness to learn, and (2) how readiness to learn predicts adult skills in literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving in technology-rich environments. Multilevel modeling showed that education and hours worked positively predicted readiness to learn, while age negatively predicted it, and men showed high levels of readiness to learn than women. At the individual level, a positive relationship between readiness to learn and skill proficiency was observed, while at the country level a negative relationship occurred. This "readiness to learn paradox" is discussed in terms of cultural differences in learning environments.
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium; Canada; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; Germany; Ireland; Italy; Japan; South Korea; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Slovakia; Spain; Sweden; United Kingdom; United States