According to the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL), adult learner persistence means “adults staying in programs for as long as they can, engaging in self-directed study or distance education when they must stop attending program services, and returning to program services as soon as the demands of their lives allow.”
The California Adult Learner Persistence Project helps adult educators engage in self-directed study on the topic of adult learner persistence. The project is self-directed and open-ended. Because each local agency has unique circumstances and interests, there is no single “prescription” that will suit all situations. Educators can review persistence research, discuss ideas with other educators in their community or region, or engage in dialogue with participating administrators and teachers by posting comments or questions to the Listserve.
NCSALL Persistence Research
Review research findings about adult learner persistence.
California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO)
Professional development resources for teachers and administrators. Find information about workshops on persistence, site-based study circles, and regional discussion or networking groups on persistence, as well as how to use Programs of Excellence for agency improvement.
California Adult Education Learner Persistence Project Report
Describes outcomes of the California Adult Learner Persistence Initiative including online interactive resources and field-based research initiatives and results of site-based study circles on learner persistence.
Cliff Moss, Consultant