Category Archives: Research on adult education and literacy

From Adult Learning Spotlight: Powerful Learning, November 2019

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People exchanging informationMeet The Low Wage Workforce

“Fifty-three million Americans – 44% of all workers aged 18-64 – have low-wage jobs, according to “Meet The Low Wage Workforce,” a new report from the Brookings Institute. These workers earn median hourly wages of $10.22 and median annual earnings of $17,950. The common thread in the report’s recommendations are “policies and programs to support low-wage workers advance to higher wage and greater financial stability should address both sides of the labor market: the assets and circumstances of workers and the number and nature of available jobs.”

Other articles in the November, 2019 edition:

“More Unprepared Than We Thought: Adult educational attainment,” an SREB Fact Sheet

“Low-skilled workers are being left behind as technology shifts the workforce toward the middle-skills level. Educators and policymakers will need to reach these adults with education and training to fill plentiful, well-paying middle-skill jobs in their states. This [2018] fact sheet summarizes trends and state policy concerns.” – SREB (Southern Regional Education Board), November 2018

Critiquing Adult Participation in Education (CAPE)

Logo of ValueUSA.orgThe project described in the 3 links below is in regard to recruitment and retention issues that involved focus groups and interviews with 125 adults in 5 states who are eligible to participate in adult education but do not participate, trying to understand the barriers (of all types), motivations, and tech use of these non-participants.

VALUEUSA is a national non-profit organization committed to adult learner involvement and leadership. In 2017 and 2018 the CAPE (Critiquing Adult Participation in Education) research team surveyed the motivations of and conducted group interviews with 135 adults. Adults identified and prioritized deterrents, root causes, and solutions with researchers. Three reports with findings from these data inform adult educators and stakeholders and provide recommendations for outreach and retention.

CAPE Report 1 Deterrents and Solutions

CAPE Report 2 Motivation around Adult Education

CAPE Report 3 Technology Use

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