This report, published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) presents the findings of an evidence review on the value of learning technology to adult English, Maths learners and those engaged in courses for and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or English Language Training (ELT). SQW undertook the review in partnership with the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) at the Institute of Education, and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).
Two strands of research and analysis were undertaken:
- a systematic review of international research (in English, French and German) to provide a sound understanding of the existing evidence on the value of technology to adult basic skills provision;
- a data review on the key populations of interest within the adult learner cohort. This included an exploration of the ways in which such populations currently accessed and used technology.