Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults: First Steps for Teachers

This publication seeks to build adult literacy instructors' knowledge of scientifically based reading research.

Susan McShane
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National Institute for Literacy
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What the experts say

This book is an excellent resource for adult educators. It is well organized into 9 chapters that provide explicit guidance on how to plan and deliver reading instruction in adult education. It first provides a clear and user-friendly definition of reading and the components of reading instruction. It then provides an overview of reading assessment practices. The following chapters (Chapters 4 through 7) provide guidance for assessing, planning and providing instruction in each of the reading components with specific examples and resources provided. The book ends with two chapters on how to develop a plan for a program to implement effective reading assessment and instruction with specific examples.

The book was developed for practitioners and makes the daunting task of taking on adult literacy appear manageable. The translation of research and research-based principles is clear and practical.

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