Measurable answers to these questions may be difficult to cull. Yet, if the U.S. is to collectively grapple with issues such as justice within education, they must be asked. Adult Education Theory. The late education theorist Malcolm Knowles () made his career out of asking what the purpose of adult education is and should be.
To benefit from the support of public and private sector leaders and to ensure that all students receive effective services, the adult education system must identify program models that have empirical evidence to support claims of effectiveness. The U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences defines evidence-based education.
An adequate description of the infrastructure system of adult literacy education needs to address three levels: national, state, and local. At the national level, infrastructure is currently shaped primarily by the Adult Education Act (AEA), amended by the National Literacy Act of Given that the AEA is a state grant program, state literacy policy is critically important for an Cited by: 4.