Introduction to LSAL
Lifelong learning is critical for adults to be engaged citizens, active members of the labor force, healthy, and informed consumers. Adults with limited formal education, who left high school for what ever reason, are most in need of opportunity and encouragement for continued learning. However, the field of adult education has been limited by a lack of research about literacy development during adulthood and lifelong learning in this population. The Longitudinal Study of Adult Learning project is breaking new ground by addressing key questions about the literacy development, learning and life experiences of low-education adults over time.
The Longitudinal Study of Adult Learning was part of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) and conducted at Portland State University in Oregon. Consistent with NCSALL’s focus on connecting research and practice to strengthen programs, LSAL findings will advance understanding of literacy development during adulthood and help program designers and policymakers make sound decisions.