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Taylor, Maurice; Trumpower, David – Adult Literacy Education, 2021
In Canada, various studies investigating literacy learning have contributed to our understanding of the lives of the adult student. Through a consolidation of empirical evidence, a portrait of the adult learner is sketched, drawing upon pluralistic interpretations of the important life changes that have resulted from their participation in…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Literacy Education, Outcomes of Education, Foreign Countries
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Nwude, Angela U.; Zajicek, Anna – Adult Literacy Education, 2021
This study aimed to examine the impact of workplace literacy programs on the structure of social networks accessible to low-income Somali refugee workers. We conceptualized structure as network size and tie strength. Data were drawn using interviews with eighteen participants enrolled in a workplace literacy program. The classes offered included…
Descriptors: Workplace Literacy, Program Effectiveness, Social Networks, Social Capital
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Roumell, Elizabeth A. – Adult Literacy Education, 2021
In this essay, I argue that our recent pivot toward digital learning, in addition to the social discontent and economic turbulence exacerbated by the pandemic, requires a re-imagining of how we "do" adult and workforce education (AWE) policy. First, I briefly describe the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) policy.…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Labor Force Development, Educational Policy, Federal Legislation
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Kobrin, Jennifer; Bullock, Peta-Gaye Nicole; Gierke, Jillian; Heil, Charlie – Adult Literacy Education, 2021
Technology is a critical resource in adult education, yet opportunities for ongoing training and support for practitioners are few. This article explores an inquiry-based, collaborative professional development initiative focused on technology adoption, sharing the firsthand accounts of three adult education teachers who participated. Perceived…
Descriptors: Adult Educators, Technology Integration, Educational Innovation, Active Learning
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Durgunoglu, Aydin Yücesan; Sagar, Anurag; Fagan, Katherine E.; Brueck, Amy – Adult Literacy Education, 2021
We have developed a program called Content Integrated Language Instruction for Adults, incorporating research-based practices in vocabulary and language instruction to facilitate a deep and broad understanding of complex content. A subset of words critical to comprehension of the subject matter is covered in each lesson, using group discussion and…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Skills, English Language Learners, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Burik, Anthony – Adult Literacy Education, 2021
Goal setting is an activity that adult literacy educators should be doing with their students, but it often becomes difficult to monitor the progress of student goals given the many other things they are responsible for in their classes, programs, and schools. While there is little doubt as to the importance of goal-setting and its connection to…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Goal Orientation, Adult Education, Basic Skills
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Jacobson, Erik – Adult Literacy Education, 2021
Since it was signed into law, the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) has been the subject of continuing scrutiny. One commonly shared concern is that the evaluation metrics of the Act (e.g., employment, salary, etc.) may incentivize programs to work with learners who will more readily meet expected outcomes (Pickard, 2016). Others…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Student Characteristics, Student Needs
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Zacharakis, Jeff – Adult Literacy Education, 2021
Dr. Jacobson's analysis of "hard to serve" is well founded, especially from an academic and theoretical perspective, yet the author is left wanting. Is the solution to merely change the language, the terminology of the legislation, or the terminology used by policy makers as well as practitioners? Are these adults hard to serve or ill…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Student Characteristics, Student Needs
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Schwartz, Joni – Adult Literacy Education, 2021
In this response article, the author agrees with Jacobson that the labeling of individuals as "hard to serve" is unfortunate and misdirected in that it suggests that these students are somehow deficient and are the problem rather than identifying complex systemic issues that make some adult education programs necessary in the first…
Descriptors: Labeling (of Persons), Disadvantaged, Adult Education, Access to Education
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Mortrude, Judy – Adult Literacy Education, 2020
Adult basic education's role, from the beginning, has been about serving people with foundational skill needs. The author, Judy Mortrude, agrees with the argument that adult literacy education needs to be repositioned within a new framework of lifelong and life-wide learning, a framework in which new policies are formulated, programs are designed…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Federal Aid, Adult Education, Adult Literacy
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Rosen, David J. – Adult Literacy Education, 2020
In the technology solutions column of this special issue of Adult Literacy Education, that focuses on Broadening the Lens on Adult Literacy Education Outcomes, the author wants to challenge the field to expand the view of digital literacy. Of course, basic digital literacy skills must be included, but the field needs to look beyond to the digital…
Descriptors: Adult Students, 21st Century Skills, Technological Literacy, Adult Basic Education
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Carpentieri, J.D.; Mallows, David; Amorim, José Pedro – Adult Literacy Education, 2020
Adult basic education (ABE) policies aim to help adults improve their literacy, numeracy and information and communications technology skills, as well as their qualifications, often in pursuit of economic gains such as better employment and earnings. The large-scale improvement of skills and qualifications has been referred to as a wicked policy…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Information Technology, Literacy, Numeracy
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Yankwitt, Ira – Adult Literacy Education, 2020
In the 20 years since the implementation of the Work Investment Act (WIA), federal funding for adult literacy education has remained largely stagnant, and actually decreased in inflation-adjusted dollars from FY2001-FY2019, despite the fact that the field serves fewer than 5% of those in need. Yet over these two decades, the field has moved away…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Literacy Education, Neoliberalism, Program Effectiveness
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Patterson, Margaret Becker – Adult Literacy Education, 2020
Research on adult English learners (ELs) typically (and appropriately) focuses on language-related skills. However, adult ELs may need numeracy instruction to navigate daily life or understand health information. Little is known about how ELs use numeracy skills at home and connections of skill use with related electronic numeracy skills. The…
Descriptors: Adults, Numeracy, Mathematics Skills, English Language Learners
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Reder, Stephen – Adult Literacy Education, 2020
In this forum, Stephen Reder argues that adult literacy education needs to be repositioned within a new framework of lifelong and life-wide learning, a framework in which new policies are formulated, programs are designed and evaluated, and research is funded and carried out. To appreciate how much this suggested framework differs from the…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Literacy Education, Lifelong Learning, Adult Education
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