What is Effective in Adult Basic Skills Education?
Submitted by David J. Rosen on January 12, 2019 - 12:39pm
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Hello program management, teaching, professional development, and research colleagues,
You may not be aware that a major study is under way to determine what is effective in adult education. The "Assessing Evidence of Effectiveness in Adult Education: Design Study" began in 2018 and will continue throughout 2020. The study team asks for your input (see below) and I would also be interested in what you see as priorities for this research. Please share your ideas here.
David J. Rosen, Moderator
LINCS CoP Program Management group
From a flyer about the study:
Assessing Evidence of Effectiveness in Adult Education: Design Study
National Assessment of Adult Education
Why conduct this study?
Adult education programs aim to help adults acquire the skills needed to be productive and engaged citizens. To help adults succeed, it is important to understand what works for adult education programs and adult learners. The U.S. Department of Education is undertaking a study to examine the effectiveness of priority adult education programs and services. Specifically, Congress has mandated that the U.S. Department of Education evaluate important adult education practices, approaches, and strategies to understand how they impact participants. This study will provide policy-relevant information to Congress, as well as to states and programs seeking guidance on proven strategies.
Purpose of the study
The study will:
- Review the research on effective strategies in adult education
- Identify practices, approaches, or strategies that are priorities for evaluation
- Design future evaluations that could provide important information about the effects of the priority interventions
Who is conducting the study?
The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, in partnership with the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) is sponsoring this study. Mathematica Policy Research was selected to lead this study, partnering with Manhattan Strategy Group (MSG) and Social Policy Research Associates (SPR). Mathematica is a nonpartisan research firm that designs studies, collects data, and conducts analysis for governments, foundations, and the private sector.
We want your input
We want to hear from adult education directors and staff about your priorities:
- What adult education practices, approaches, or strategies are important to study and why?
- Are there any new program models, policies, or strategies your state or program is considering adopting?
- Is your state or program doing anything innovative that could be scaled up?
- How can you share your ideas?
To share your suggestions or learn more about the study, please contact the study team at: AdultEdStudy@mathematica-mpr.com.