Adult Education Research Conference

  • Manhattan, KS

Thursday, May 21 from 8:30am-9:15am
"How is U.S. Adults’ Health Related to Literacy, Numeracy, Technological Problemsolving Skills, and Adult Education? A PIAAC Analysis." by Esther Prins, Shannon Monnat, Carol Clymer, and Blaire Willson Tso
This presentation uses data from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) to analyze the relationship between U.S. respondents’ self-reported health and (a) literacy, numeracy, and technological problem-solving skills, and (b) involvement in adult education. We also determine whether people from different racial/ethnic and educational attainment groups gain similar health benefits from these skills and educational activities. This presentation offers insights into basic skills and adult education as social determinants of health, as well as educational and health disparities in the U.S.

Thursday, May 21 from 10:30am-11:15am
"Adults’ Readiness to Learn and skill acquisition and use: An Analysis of Data from the PIAAC" by M Cecil Smith, Amy D. Rose, Thomas J. Smith, and Jovita M. Ross-Gordon
In this presentation, we discuss the findings from our analyses of adults’ readiness to learn – a variable captured in the 2013 Survey of Adult Skills developed by the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). The measure of readiness to learn appears to be a strong predictor of skill use, particularly skill use at home.

Thursday, May 21 from 3:45pm-4:30pm
"Adult Education and Training Programs for Older Adults in the U.S.: Country Comparisons Using PIAAC Data" by Phyllis A. Cummins
This presentation will report the results of a study that used data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) to examine the relationship in the U.S. between participation in AET programs and employment, labor force participation, and income, for adults aged 45 to 65. In addition, the researcher compared outcomes of AET participation in the U.S. with those in Germany, Japan, Sweden, and the U.K.

Friday, May 22 from 8:30am-9:15am
"Low Skilled Workforce in the U.S.: Key findings from the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)" by Emily Pawlowski
What are the cognitive skills of the low-skilled adults in the U.S.? What are the contributing factors to skill acquisition and skill decline among adults including the impact of socio-economic background, education and training, work experiences, and skill use at work and home? This presentation is based on the results from the 2012 Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), a large-scale international assessment of basic skills and a broad range of adult competencies, including the cognitive and workplace skills needed for successful participation in the global economy.

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