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Barriers to Adult Learning

Barriers to Adult Learning
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Author(s): Maria Martinez Witte (Auburn University, USA), James E. Witte (Auburn University, USA) and Iris M. Saltiel (Troy University, USA)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 15
Source title: Handbook of Research on E-Learning Applications for Career and Technical Education: Technologies for Vocational Training
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Viktor X. Wang (California State University at Long Beach, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-739-3.ch027


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There is a growing need for an educated, skilled workforce that is able to learn and adapt to new challenges. Expecting this need to be met by those graduating from high school is not realistic as the current educational system has not adequately served the non-traditional student. This chapter reaffirms that Career Technical Education programs are excellent ways to meet adult learning and workforce development needs. The challenge, as described in the chapter, is to engage adults in becoming lifelong learners. This will require removing barriers to adult learning that relate to cost, accessibility, and interest. State and federal leaders also have a stake in addressing this need as it affects the nation’s ability to compete on a regional and international level.

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