PAST EVENT Conference / Symposium

Building an applied science to support working learners

With momentum gaining for pandemic recovery and to seriously combat inequality in America, this is a crucial time for the nation to invest in applied science to understand how best to provide opportunities for the millions of American adults seeking to improve their lives through learning. This session is the third of four in this series.

Event details

Wednesday, July 21st 2021
09:00 AM—11:00 AM
Available toFaculty / Staff
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Despite widespread recognition of the need for measurably effective and accessible learning opportunities for adult Americans, the nation is without shared scientific or policy goals for serving this vast population and lacks protocols for the cross-sector collaborative activity such service requires. Our project seeks to envision how to fill this gap.

Working learners simultaneously pursue paid employment and postsecondary education. They are the majority of Americans in college, yet a full understanding of their assets and needs has been limited by the tendency for educators, employers, and researchers alike to presume that work and school are separate worlds.

We invite you to join fellow researchers, practitioners, workforce advocates, and business leaders to frame a national agenda for an applied science to improve opportunities for working learners. Over a series of weekly two-hour sessions on four consecutive Wednesdays in July, we will convene plenaries and small working groups organized to address 6 BIG QUESTIONS:

*Who are working learners, and how can we best recognize and honor their diversity?

*How can we improve job search and employer evaluation, hiring and promotion practices to better and more equitably serve working learners?

*How should we grow the sciences of adult learning?

*How can we best support the academic engagement and persistence of working learners?

*How can we foster stronger connections between working learners, colleges, universities and workplaces?

*What systems should we build to observe, measure, and compare the learning, occupational, and other gains from educational opportunities for working learners? 

Our work is part of a national effort to correct this presumption and build tractable knowledge to improve opportunities for working learners.

This is the third meeting in a series of four.