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I Want to Be Better: Perceptions of Participants in a United States Adult Literacy Program

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The role of adult learning programs in the United States is becoming more critical for participants as they seek to improve literacy skills that can lead to increased self confidence and better employment opportunities. The purpose of this study was to examine the perspectives of participants of a southeastern regional adult literacy program as to how the program had impacted their lives. One of the main goals of the program is to promote life changes for residents in the surrounding community, thus the researchers examined the perspectives of adult learners of the program to elicit recommendations with implications for future program development. Using focus group interviews, researchers identified three major themes concerning the perspectives of participants, which included (1) expected life changes on a personal level; (2) learning needs; and (3) program improvement.

Keywords: USA; adult education; credentialism; employment; lifelong learning; literacy skills

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University of North Carolina at Greensboro 2: Reading Connections

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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