Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research. Findings from The National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council Report -- Webinars

This series of webinars from May 2012 disseminated findings from the National Research Council consensus report, Improving Adult Literacy: Options for Practice and Research.

Alan Lesgold (Moderator 1)
Aydin Durgunoglu
Art Graesser
Daryl Mellard
Kenneth Pugh
Johan Uvin (Moderator 2)
Josephine Reed-Taylor
Gavin Kerr
Andrés Henríquez
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation
School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Department of Psychology, University of Memphis
Division of Adult Studies, Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas
Haskins Laboratories
Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
Technical College System of Georgia
Inglis Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
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Instructional Material
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Panelists included members on the Committee on Learning Sciences: Foundations and Applications to Adolescent and Adult Literacy, as well as policymakers, business leaders, administrators of adult literacy programs, public and private funders of research and development for literacy, and developers of curricula and education technologies. The series of webcasts focused on key findings from the report, recommendations and challenges to advancing adult literacy research, and practices for effective literacy instruction. The discussion was designed to establish some common understandings about the report and considered how the report may be used to shape and support activities at federal, state and local levels for improving adult literacy instruction.

Benefits and Uses
This series of webcasts present an overview of the National Research Council consensus report, Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research, as well as a discussion of the report’s implications from various expert perspectives. The webinar series synthesizes research related to the foundations of reading and writing, adult literacy instruction, instructional design, issues related to motivation, engagement, and persistence, the use of technology for adult instruction, adults with learning disabilities, and the language and literacy development of English language learners. Topics of discussion also include recommendations for future research, implications for workforce development, and strategies for improving outcomes and opportunities. This series of webcasts would be useful to program administrators, professional developers, and teachers who are interested in guidance about principles of effective reading and writing instruction, as well as researchers, state staff, and policymakers who seek a synthesis of literacy research and emerging topics related to adult literacy instruction.
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