PIAAC results: need for new approaches in improving adult literacy

Paula Gouw, Maurice De Greef, Saskia Brand-Gruwel, Halszka Jarodzka

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According to the results of the PIAAC study, too many adults are not able to acquire basic reading skills. This influences their individual lives, besides their economic and social well-being, negatively (OECD, 2013). In accordance with current research results and trends, adult literacy seems to gain less attention than is required. To prevent the problem of poor reading skills among adults, the approach to adult literacy has to be changed. A more diverse approach, which includes the role of emotions in the learning process and the practical implication of new technologies, might provide a valuable contribution to detect literacy skills among adults and design a suitable learning environment for improving their reading skills.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Lifelong Learning Magazine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2014


  • adult literacy

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