First Things First: Re-Map “the U.S. Adult Literacy Problem”

April 2022


General Adult Education Field

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Author(s): Paul Jurmo

The paper challenges the narrow focus on reading and suggests a broader understanding of basic adult skills. It emphasizes the need to address multiple levels of ability within foundational skills. The paper highlights personal and systemic obstacles faced by adults seeking basic skills education and advocates for collaborations between organizations to provide relevant services.

It references past studies on functional literacy and workplace skills, emphasizing the importance of contextualized and practical applications. The paper concludes by acknowledging the role of learners as valuable partners in the national learning community.

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