Time to progress within Skills for Life


This work originated from a previous Quality Improvement Agency project, Motivating Skills for Life Learners to Persist, Progress and Achieve. A question raised in that project was how long, on average, it takes a Skills for Life learner to gain a level in literacy, numeracy or ESOL. Within the constraints of that project it was impossible to add to an estimate drawn from research in the US that 100 hours of instruction is the minimum required to progress by one General Education Development (GED) Test level1. On the basis of the US finding, NRDC and its (since dissolved) US counterpart, the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, estimated that this implied learners require on average at least 150 hours of time on task (including not only instruction but all learning-related activity) to progress one level within the SfL qualifications framework.

Brooks,G.  Adams,M. Kings, P. and Creese, B. (April 2010).Time to progress NRDC, London.

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