According to Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) assessment data, skill levels of U.S. adults are well below international averages and vary substantially by education background. These low skills are a danger sign – particularly for adults who face economic challenges.
Even so, adults do not necessarily stop learning (OECD, 2013). The first aim of the 2014 paper is to examine PIAAC data by asking: do adults continue to learn purposefully – that is, either formally or non-formally – after leaving secondary settings? Addressing this question will identify the circumstances in which adults do or do not learn – and insights into learning gaps with major economic implications. The paper also investigates barriers to learning that adults face and their motivators for learning. Implications for adult educators are discussed.
Read the 2016 paper for adult education practitioners:
What do the literacy and numeracy skills of incarcerated adults with less than a high school (LHS) education look like? Our 2018 PIAAC report, Incarcerated Adults with Low Skills: Findings from the 2014 PIAAC Prison Study, addresses this question. Findings for LHS incarcerated adults are compared by gender and with the general LHS adult population. Click on the link below to access this new report.