“One Day I Will Make It”

“One Day I Will Make It:” A Study of Adult Student Persistence in Library Literacy Programs .
Kristin E. Porter, Sondra Cuban, John P. Comings with Valerie Chase.

The Wallace Foundation launched the Literacy in Libraries Across America (LILAA) initiative in 1996 to help library-based literacy programs nationwide increase the persistence of their adult learners, and it contracted with MDRC and the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) at Harvard University in 1999 to study the initiative. The participating libraries were granted resources to develop and implement persistence strategies that included improved instruction, more varied and more extensive social supports, and technology upgrades. This is the fourth and final report from the persistence study, which examined the implementation and effects of these strategies in nine library literacy programs over four years and whether student participation changed over time.

See also:
George Demetrion.
Conflicting Paradigms in Adult Literacy Education: In Quest of a U.S. Democratic Politics of Literacy
(Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005).