How the pandemic is affecting grownup schooling

0
256

How the pandemic is affecting adult education

“We hope the information in this report will help adult education and literacy programs across the country better understand the supports and solutions that enable them to continuously influence students during this challenging time,” said Kevin Morgan, President / CEO of ProLiteracy.

ProLiteracy released a new report, “COVID-19 Rapid Response Report from the Field,” with research by the E-BAES Taskforce and EdTech Center @ World Education detailing how the pandemic has impacted the adult education system. The results are intended to inform adult educators and give them useful suggestions for coping with the current crisis.

The research results presented in the Rapid Response Report were derived from two complementary inquiries – one from interviews with 49 respondents from 20 countries and the other from 773 survey responses from teachers, tutors and administrators. Both data sets represent a diverse pool of adult educators and government employees.

The objectives of this research project, carried out by the E-BAES Taskforce and EdTech Center, were to: 1) describe the classroom and programmatic shift programs that were carried out in response to the assignments at home, and 2) illustrate the challenges and achievements, that they experienced.

Alisa Belzer, member and researcher of the E-BAES Task Force at Rutgers University, says, “This report describes the unique challenges in adult education and the creative ways practitioners have responded.” One of the lessons learned from the report was that technology and Internet access pose a major challenge for adult student participation in distance learning.

The results of this research will be crucial in the future to provide national organizations like ProLiteracy with the information they need to find solutions that will help adult education programs adapt to distance learning to ensure that all students are cared for .

“We hope the information in this report will help adult education and literacy programs across the country better understand the supports and solutions that enable them to continuously influence students during this challenging time,” said Kevin Morgan, President / CEO of ProLiteracy.

###

About ProLiteracy

ProLiteracy is the largest nonprofit literacy and basic education organization in the United States. She works with local, national and international organizations to help adults acquire the reading, writing, math, computing and English skills they need to be successful. ProLiteracy is committed to adult learners and the programs that serve them, providing training and professional development for teachers, and publishing materials used for adult literacy and basic education teaching. It has 1,000 membership programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and works with 21 non-governmental organizations in 35 developing countries. More information is available at ProLiteracy.org.

About E-BAES

The Evidence-Based Adult Education System (E-BAES) initiative was launched in early 2019 in response to the need for national research in adult education. E-BAES is directed by the Open Door Collective, a program run by Literacy Minnesota. The E-BAES voluntary task force consists of more than 30 researchers, practitioners, government officials, professional developers and educational leaders. The E-BAES action plan comprises the first planning steps, the start of the E-BAES national network model and implementation steps.

About the EdTech Center

The EdTech Center @ World Education was launched in October 2015 to leverage new digital technologies and increase the reach and impact of adult education. World Education Boston employees design and implement their work in collaboration with their EdTech partners who are a “dream team” of experts in using educational technology to improve the education, careers and life outcomes of low-skilled adults and Youth. The EdTech Center is one of the few centers that fosters learning sharing and partnership between leading edtech companies in the US and international experts.

Share articles on social media or via email: