Writers of official documents and academic literature have addressed holistic remedial program opportunities for disenfranchised students by advocating for reformed education. Many key concepts are based on the quality of current programs and express the need for programs that will lead to living-wage- producing skills. Theories are often based on a hierarchy of needs. For example, basic needs met first with skills as the eventual outcome. My theory is that most adults already have the necessary basics covered (i.e. reading, writing, and arithmetic). Newer programs can spring the new student ahead by focusing on each individual learning style; thus overcoming the need to jump through unnecessary hoops to achieve his goal. Today’s technology affords shortcuts. Computers and personal ambition propels today’s student forward already, eliminating the need for many beginning classes.
Academic literature also needs to spring forward and cut out discussion of what adults already know. Texts, reports, and journals often focus on qualitative, subjective data, but research’s new focus ought to skip theoretical and cut to the chase. Programs for adult education facilitators are beginning to do this. Many modern programs such as technical institutes begin teaching skills straight out- immediately- and some wastes of time are removed.
Government documents also are lagging in this arena, and policy and legislation still focus on old school theories. Research reports often focus on the same studies.
Since our world has become quickly more modern, media has become an important asset to the new student. The last 10 years quickly eliminated much of the footwork that students of a decade ago needed to complete. Libraries, court documents, journals and most literature can be found on-line- this is proof evident by colleges springing up to meet the needs of this new generation of students.
The theoretical foundation of my research endeavor explores introductory discussion that will assist this new crowd of learners and design consultation to those educators who want to advocate for/ and incorporate a new, modern style of learning into their own lesson plans.