Increasingly, numeracy skills are required for postsecondary success, entry into the workforce, and earning potential. Basic numeracy is critical also to fulfilling family responsibilities, improving health outcomes, and contributing to the community. Yet, nationally, adults regularly perform at the lowest levels in math competency. This study aimed to improve the adult numeracy research base and instructional approaches of adult education practitioners.
AIR conducted a comprehensive adult numeracy literature review, and guided by a Technical Work Group, also conducted an environmental scan to examine adult numeracy professional development initiatives in the U.S. to inform future numeracy research. AIR developed criteria for program selection; collected data via review of extant materials and telephone interviews with project directors, trainers, and participants; analyzed data via techniques in grounded theory; and developed a final report, An Environmental Scan of Adult Numeracy Professional Development Initiatives and Practices, which provided a framework for quality professional development.