Adult Foundational Education: Why a New Name and Definition Is Needed

Fall 2022


General Adult Education Field

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Author(s): David J. Rosen Steering Committee Member, Open Door Collective

The paper discusses the challenge of finding an appropriate name for adult literacy and education. Various names, such as adult education, adult basic education, and adult literacy, are explored, highlighting their limitations and potential for confusion. The author proposes the name “adult foundational education” to encompass the broad range of skills and knowledge needed by adults.

The definition includes core skills for work, further education, family, community participation, and citizenship. The paper acknowledges that no name is perfect but suggests that this new term may gain acceptance based on positive feedback from discussions within the field.

ALE Journal – Volume 4, Issue 3

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