Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research
A high level of literacy in both print and digital media is required for negotiating most aspects of 21st-century life—succeeding in a competitive job market, supporting a family, navigating health information, and participating in civic activities. But according to a recent survey, more than 90 million adults in the United States lack the literacy skills needed to have fully productive and secure lives.
Improving Adult Literacy 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. Focusing on individuals ages 16 and older who are not in K-12 education, the report 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.
The report is a valuable resource for curriculum developers, federal agencies, literacy program administrators, educators, and funding agencies.
Brief summaries of the report are also available for download at the website. You can also register for the webcast of the public discussion of research results to be held on May 30, 2012.
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