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Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research

<http://books.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13242&utm_medium=etmail&utm_source=National%20Academies%20Press&utm_campaign=NAP+mail+new+09.06.11&utm_content=Downloader&utm_term>http://books.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13242&utm_medium=etmail&utm_source=National%20Academies%20Press&utm_campaign=NAP+mail+new+09.06.11&utm_content=Downloader&utm_term=

Authors:
Committee on Learning Sciences: Foundations and Applications to 
Adolescent and Adult Literacy; Alan M. Lesgold and Melissa 
Welch-Ross, Editors; National Research Council

Description

A high level of literacy in both print and digital media is required 
for negotiating most aspects of 21st century life including 
supporting a family, education, health, civic participation, and 
competitiveness in the global economy. Yet a recent survey estimates 
that more than 90 million U.S adults lack adequate literacy. 
Furthermore, only 38 percent of U.S. twelfth graders are at or above 
the proficient level in reading.

Improving Adult Literacy Instruction synthesizes the research on 
literacy and learning to improve literacy instruction in the United 
States and to recommend a more systemic approach to research, 
practice, and policy. The report focuses on individuals age 16 years 
and older who are not in K-12 education. It identifies factors that 
affect literacy development in adolescence and adulthood in general, 
and examines their implications for strengthening literacy 
instruction for this population. It also discusses technologies for 
learning which can assist with multiple aspects of teaching, 
assessment, and accommodations for learning.

There is inadequate knowledge about effective instructional practices 
and a need for better assessment and ongoing monitoring of adult 
students' proficiencies, weaknesses, instructional environments, and 
progress, which might guide instructional planning. Improving Adult 
Literacy Instruction recommends a program of research and innovation 
to validate, identify the boundaries of, and extend current knowledge 
to improve instruction for adults and adolescents outside school. The 
report is a valuable resource for curriculum developers, federal 
agencies such as the Department of Education, administrators, 
educators, and funding agencies.


Table of Contents:
<http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13242&page=R1>Front Matter 
(R1-R12) 
<http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13242&page=1>Summary (1-6) 
<http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13242&page=7>1 
Introduction (7-24) 
<http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13242&page=25>2 
Foundations of Reading and Writing (25-68) 
<http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13242&page=69>3 Literacy 
Instruction for Adults (69-100) 
<http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13242&page=101>4 
Principles of Learning for Instructional Design (101-124) 
<http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13242&page=125>5 
Motivation, Engagement, and Persistence (125-158) 
<http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13242&page=159>6 
Technology to Promote Adult Literacy (159-174) 
<http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13242&page=175>7 Learning, 
Reading, and Writing Disabilities (175-198) 
<http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13242&page=199>8 Literacy 
Development of English Language Learners (199-228) 
<http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13242&page=229>9 
Conclusions and Recommendations (229-254) 
<http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13242&page=255>REFERENCES 
(255-434) 
<http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13242&page=435>Appendix A 
Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff (435-440) 
<http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13242&page=441>Appendix B 
Literacy in a Digital Age (441-454) 
<http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13242&page=455>Appendix C 
Search Procedures and Reviewed Studies of Adult Literacy Instruction 
(455-528)
<http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13242&page=529>Appendix D 
Interventions to Develop the Component Literacy Skills of 
Low-Literacy Adults (529-536)


-- 
Norman A. Stahl, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Literacy Education
Northern Illinois University

President-Elect
College Reading and Learning Association

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