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New Research Report on Improving Adult Literacy Instruction

Posted on 05/10/2012

Literacy Instruction

The National Research Council (NRC) (www) has released a new report, Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research (www). The report recommends a program of research and innovation to gain a better understanding of adult literacy learners, improve instruction, and create the supports adults need for learning and achievement. It identifies factors that affect literacy development in adolescence and adulthood and examines their implications for strengthening literacy instruction for this population. It also discusses technologies that show promise for supporting adult literacy learners.

Regarding policy recommendations, the report recommends four next steps to improve adult literacy instruction in the U.S., including expanding the infrastructure for adult literacy education, ensuring that professional development and technical assistance are widely available, and conducting further research into effective literacy instruction.

Three brief summaries are available from the report announcement page (www), one providing highlights of the report, one on research highlights, and one on policy highlights.

As part of the report announcement, there will be public discussion in a free webcast, to be held on May 30, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to Noon, ET.

Members of the committee that wrote the report will present the report's key findings and messages, and invited experts will examine opportunities for acting on the report recommendations and related challenges.

Invited speakers and audience members will include policymakers, business leaders, administrators of adult literacy programs offered in adult education programs and community colleges, public and private funders of research and development for literacy, and developers of curricula and education technologies.

The discussion is designed to establish some common understandings about the report and to consider how the report may be used to shape and support activities at federal, state and local levels for improving adult literacy instruction.

Register for the WEBCAST, and read more about it at Improving Adult Literacy