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ERIC Number: EJ1098806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2169-0480
Adult Transitions to Learning in the USA: What Do PIAAC Survey Results Tell Us?
Patterson, Margaret Becker; Paulson, Usha G.
Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, v5 n1 p5-27 Spr 2016
The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) assessed literacy, numeracy, and technology-related skills of adults and found skill levels of US adults are well below the international average. In a world where advanced skills are requisite to workplace competitiveness, low skills are a danger sign. An initial PIAAC finding was that half of US adults do not complete a postsecondary degree. A question remains: do adults continue to learn purposefully--that is, either formally or non-formally--after leaving secondary settings, and how does learning relate to their education levels? A related purpose of the paper is to describe learning types that adults pursue. The paper also investigates barriers to and motivators for learning. Implications for adult educators are discussed.
Commission on Adult Basic Education. PO Box 620, Syracuse, NY 13206. Tel: 888-442-6223; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A