ERIC Number: EJ1125479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Is WIOA Good for Adult Learners? A Response to Amy Pickard's Forum Essay
Bragg, Debra D.
Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, v5 n2 p56-59 Sum 2016
According to Debra Bragg, Amy Pickard's article "WIOA: Implications for Low-Scoring Adult Learners" (EJ1125478) offers a provocative analysis of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that is important for any educator to read, especially educators who work with adult learners in postsecondary education. Pickard's article focuses on the implications of new federal policy on adult learners in three important areas: (1) an increased emphasis of adult education policy on workforce preparation and postsecondary education to the possible detriment of classroom literacy instruction; (2) a heightened focus on performance measures pertaining to employment for adult learners enrolled in ABE/ASE programs, particularly ABE; and (3) persistent inequities in access and outcomes for students of color, especially African Americans, who seek the opportunity to move into and through ABE/ASE programs. In this article, Bragg addresses each of these issues but in a slightly different order than Pickard by beginning with inequities in ABE/ASE programs for students of color, then by analyzing the workforce focus of adult education, and last, by addressing employment-focused performance metrics reflective of workforce development versus literacy instruction. Bragg concludes with a brief discussion of opportunities and threats associated with WIOA's emphasis on career pathways for adult learners.
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Federal Legislation, Adult Education, Adult Basic Education, Postsecondary Education, Equal Education, Minority Group Students, Labor Force Development, Adult Literacy, Literacy Education
Commission on Adult Basic Education. PO Box 620, Syracuse, NY 13206. Tel: 888-442-6223; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.coabe.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Adult Basic Education; Elementary Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A