Contextualizing Adult Education: Learning from Six Decades of Experience and Research

September 2020


Workplace/Workforce Skills

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Author(s): Paul Jurmo – Independent Consultant, Basic Skills for Development; Judy Mortrude – Senior Technical Advisor, World Education, Inc.; Alisa Belzer – Rutgers University, Research Briefs Editor

The article discusses the contextualized approach to adult basic skills education, aiming to make learning relevant to learners’ interests and integrate it with real-world applications. It explores the historical development of contextualized education and its various models. However, implementation varies, with some programs struggling to fully adopt this approach.

The article suggests different planning approaches and delivery modes, emphasizing the importance of tailored instruction and engagement. Overall, contextualized education is recognized as valuable but requires consistent implementation and customization.

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