Complex Pathways

Complex Pathways

Complex Pathways

Date posted: October 30, 2017

In Complex Pathways in Adult Education: A Longitudinal Study, Jill Auchinachie and Alison Bowe of Camosun College report the early results of a long term study of adult learners in
BC Fundamental and Intermediate Adult Basic Education programs. The purpose of the research is to evaluate student outcomes over time. Participants were interviewed annually over five years.

Here are the early highlights:

  1. Educational and career success does occur over time for adult learners with lower levels of literacy and/or numeracy.

  2. Success is multi-layered, incremental and often interrupted, for learners on complex educational pathways.

  3. Participants describe how government, post-secondary and community organizations work together to overcome barriers for adults on complex educational pathways.

  4. Early results indicate that, by Interview 3, improvements in adults’ literacy and/or numeracy positively impact their health and economic indicators.

To read the concise report, including participants’ voices and policy recommendations, click here.

Jill, Alison and Faith Shields will be presenting their research on Friday morning at Decoda’s Fostering Literacy Conference next month.

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