Adult Learners in Higher Education: Learner Engagement and Literacy-related Issues

Sarjit Kaur


This paper attempts to explore learner engagement and literacy-related issues among adult
learners in a higher education context in a public university in Malaysia. 25 final year students in
the B.A. English Language and Literature Studies (ELLS) programme in Universiti Sains
Malaysia provide insightful comments on their learning experiences and literacy-related issues
affecting their academic journey. Based on student responses in focus group interviews and
students' journal entries, the paper examines the life stories of these adult learners and their
views on learner engagement and literacy. This localized approach aims to provide literacy
educators with a more comprehensive understanding of the complexities surrounding adult
learners' learning experiences

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