Investment in Adult Basic Education

Investment in Adult Basic Education

Investment in Adult Basic Education

Date posted: April 6, 2017

ProLiteracy has produced a new white paper, The Case for Investment in Adult Basic Education. It reviews Stephen Reder’s large scale, longitudinal research on the benefits of adult literacy programs and presents the implications of the findings for policy. The long term, positive impacts of adult basic skills programs on economic gain, employment opportunities, health, cross-generational literacy, and civic participation are presented.

This paper was created to help the American literacy field share the evidence for supporting and funding adult literacy education. ProLiteracy has also created a document with suggestions of using and distributing this white paper.

Note: The PIAAC statistics cited are for the United States.

For more details on longitudinal studies of adult literacy and numeracy, contact library@decoda.ca to borrow Reder’s Tracking Adult Literacy and Numeracy Skills: findings from longitudinal research.

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