Factors that Facilitate Adult Learner Success in the NWT (2013)

This report offers suggestions for facilitating learner success in adult literacy and basic education (ALBE) programs. It is based on a review of relevant literature, with a focus on Aboriginal learners; findings from previous research in the Northwest Territories (NWT) about non-academic outcomes for adult learners; information gained from an adult learner focus group; and interviews with three adult education instructors.

Based on their findings, the authors suggest a variety of strategies that can be undertaken in the NWT to help overcome the barriers that adult learners face. The strategies include targeting situational barriers, like the availability of childcare, finances, and adequate housing; implementing prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) in ALBE programs; taking an integrated “whole person” approach to overcome multiple barriers; embedding learning in practical and realistic contexts, particularly for learners with lower levels of skills; balancing academic and non-academic outcomes; and recognizing the time it may take some learners to complete programs.

As well, the strategies must identify and deal with institutional and pedagogical barriers by balancing academic, personal, and social skills development; reflecting Aboriginal knowledge; building on adult learning philosophy and principles; and supporting instructors’ professional development, and recognizing their extended roles in helping adult learners.

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NWT Literacy Council. Factors that Facilitate Adult Learner Success in the NWT 2013. Web. 3 Dec. 2022 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/nwtlc/factors/factors.pdf>
NWT Literacy Council (2013). Factors that Facilitate Adult Learner Success in the NWT. Retrieved December 3, 2022, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/nwtlc/factors/factors.pdf
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