- Examines the linkages between high school and postsecondary education and health, well-being, and career indicators in early adulthood.
- Focuses special attention on contextual factors and cognitive and psychosocial development
At the heart of the National Learning Economy are working learners – individuals actively engaged in working and learning – in pursuit of greater economic security and overall life satisfaction. Although working learners represent the majority of America’s workforce and the majority of post-secondary students in today’s changing economy, there is relatively little ongoing research looking at factors shaping individuals’ success in balancing working and learning as a means to better support their overall learning, financial, and life goals. For example,
This current lack of information results from working learners’ position at the intersection of education and workforce development. Differences in funding and organization between local, state, and federal education and workforce systems have lead to diverse data collection efforts and metrics and a pressing need for research that cuts across these domains. In response, the ACT Foundation is providing this catalog of publicly-available secondary datasets that include information related to individuals’ engagement in education and training as well as formal work activities. It is our hope that this tool empowers and inspires researchers and analysts to engage in this growing conversation and illuminate the multidimensional factors behind working learner success.
Have suggestions or information regarding other potential working learner datasets? Please contact Christina Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org