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Newly Released CAAL Paper: In a Time of Scarce Resources: Near Term Priorities in Adult Education

Posted on 07/31/2012


The Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL) (www) has released a new paper, In a Time of Scarce Resources: Near Term Priorities in Adult Education (pdf). The 46-page report, written by Forrest Chisman and Gail Spanenberg, presents the results of a survey project designed to determine areas of high priority "next steps" for adult education in the current environment of shrinking resources in the field.

The project involved 24 key leaders in adult education and literacy from across the nation in an in-depth survey seeking to reach a level of consensus and the establishment of clear priorities for change in these areas:

  • The role of high intensity-managed enrollment instructional models
  • Professional/staff development
  • Use of technology
  • Creative funding

In addition, the paper presents a discussion of other general topics, including ways to improve research and data collection, articulation of core curriculum standards as related to the new GED test, getting more participation from the business sector and reaching unemployed and incumbent workers more effectively. CAAL (www) hopes that the report "will motivate serious discussion at all levels about next step priorities and how to best make the trade-offs that will be needed to provide effective programs to the greatest number of students."

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