An Evidence-based Adult Education Program Model Appropriate for Research

This paper describes program models and related elements which researchers and practitioners might use to identify and evaluate effective interventions in adult education programs.  

John P. Comings
Lisa Soricone
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National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, Harvard Graduate School of Education
San Francisco State University
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The authors describe four components of program models that are essential to building a strong and accountable infrastructure.  The program model includes a program quality support component and three chronological program components:  entranceinto a program, participation in a program, and re-engagement in learning.  These components lay the foundations for the principles that are elaborated upon in the paper.  Based on the program model components, principles, professional wisdom, and evidence, the authors develop a Research Site Identification Protocol that researchers and practitioners might use to assess programs for research and accountability practices.

What the experts say

The research, theories, professional wisdom, and conclusions were sound and informative. I would like to implement the Research Site Identification Protocol because it reflects a common set of criteria for characterizing and evaluating program practices. I plan to use this tool to collect data for local adult education program assessment. I also plan on using this document as a resource for adult education study and research.

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