Informal adult learning and everyday literacy practices

Taylor, Maurice C.
March 2006
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy;Mar2006, Vol. 49 Issue 6, p500
Academic Journal
This article investigates the types of informal learning activities that adults with low literacy skills engage in and how these activities relate to their literacy practices. Forty percent of the participants were categorized as an International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) level 1, while 60% were at an IALS level 2. Three major themes emerged from the data and included life roles that fueled the everyday learning, the situated learning environments, and the practice of everyday literacy activities across different milieus. These key patterns shed some light in understanding the informal learning practices of adults with limited literacy skills.


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