So I Made Up My Mind (2000)

Introducing a Study of Adult Learner Persistence in Library Literacy Programs

The evaluation of the Literacy in Libraries Across America (LILAA) initiative, which is introduced in this overview, is an important new research project for Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC). It continues their work in adult literacy — a research area of growing significance. As jobs and other aspects of everyday life come to require ever more advanced skills, literacy is becoming increasingly critical for successful functioning in society. MDRC's past studies of adult education and literacy programs have found evidence that greater literacy brings greater work opportunities, but have also revealed that many adult learners fail to participate long enough to benefit substantially from adult education. This is one reason why more research on learner persistence - the primary focus of this research project - is necessary.
Public libraries are important providers of literacy programs and services. In many ways, they are in a unique position to address the need for improved learner persistence. As community-based centers of life-long learning, libraries offer a wealth of resources to people of all ages and backgrounds. They also collaborate frequently with other literacy providers, making them a potentially powerful vehicle for disseminating promising practices. This report is the first product of an evaluation effort that is hoped will prompt better practices in the field and better outcomes for learners.
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