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Coben, Diana; Alkema, Anne – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2017
In this article, we make the case for the development of a numeracy practices measure in the light of a review of relevant research and extant measures. We argue that a numeracy practices measure would acknowledge and validate adult learners' practice gains and inform teaching geared to their circumstances, needs and interests.
Descriptors: Numeracy, Measurement Objectives, Adult Learning, Mathematics Achievement
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Miller, Christine Dunagin; Greenberg, Daphne; Hendrick, Robert C.; Nanda, Alice – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2017
Social science research often uses educational qualification as a signifier for characteristics such as abilities, earnings potential, and civic participation in adulthood. This study focused on two types of adult literacy students who were native speakers of English and identified words at the 3rd to 5th grade levels but differed in one key…
Descriptors: Adult Students, Adult Literacy, Educational Attainment, High School Graduates
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Inverso, Diane C.; Kobrin, Jennifer; Hashmi, Shazia – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2017
At the Office of Adult Education in Philadelphia, they are excited about technology and its potential to advance the field. In this article, the authors, drawing from lessons learned from programs they have developed and supported and their own experiences as lifelong learners, consider the roles of access to the internet, one-to-one device…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Technology Uses in Education, Access to Information, Access to Computers
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Rosen, David J. – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2016
US public adult basic skills education, as adult education researcher Thomas Sticht has often pointed out, is on the margins of public education. By many measures, in the past decade it has experienced significant further decline. In the last decade and a half, according to Sticht's (2015) analysis, "enrollments in the Adult Education and…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Advocacy
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Bangs, Kathryn E.; Binder, Katherine S. – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2016
Adult Basic Education programs are under pressure to develop and deliver instruction that promotes rapid and sustained literacy development. We describe a novel approach to a literacy intervention that focuses on morphemes, which are the smallest meaningful units contained in words. We argue that if you teach learners that big words are comprised…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Morphology (Languages), Morphemes
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Blackmer, Rachel; Hayes-Harb, Rachel – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2016
We present a community-based research project aimed at identifying effective methods and materials for teaching English literacy skills to adult English as a second language emergent readers. We conducted a quasi-experimental study whereby we evaluated the efficacy of two approaches, one based on current practices at the English Skills Learning…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Literacy Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Pena, Anita Alves – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2016
Mixed findings characterize the literature on skills and economic distributions within and across countries. The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) offers new, internationally comparable data on literacy, numeracy, and digital problem-solving skills that can be combined with wage information. This paper…
Descriptors: Competence, Adult Literacy, Numeracy, Problem Solving
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Taylor, Nicole A.; Greenberg, Daphne; Terry, Nicole Patton – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2016
The aim of the present study was to investigate the correlational and predictive relationships between parents with low literacy skills (n = 96) and their 3-5 year old children's emergent literacy skills (n = 96). In the study parents were assessed on measures of reading comprehension, decoding, fluency, oral vocabulary, and word identification,…
Descriptors: Parent Background, Family Literacy, Adult Literacy, Preschool Children
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Nightingale, Elena; Greenberg, Daphne; Branum-Martin, Lee; Bakhtiari, Dariush – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2016
Selecting assessments for adults who struggle with reading can be difficult because few literacy measures used by reading researchers have been normed on this population, leaving uncertainty regarding the validity of these tests for adult learners. This study focused on the performance of 116 adults reading between the 3rd and 8th grade levels on…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Literacy, Functional Literacy, Reading Difficulties
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Pickard, Amy – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2016
A substantial proportion of participants in public adult education programs struggle with "basic" academic print literacy skills. According to the 2014-2015 National Reporting System (NRS) data, 48.7% of the national adult basic education/adult secondary education (ABE/ ASE) population tested as reading at or below the "Low…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills
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Bragg, Debra D. – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2016
According to Debra Bragg, Amy Pickard's article "WIOA: Implications for Low-Scoring Adult Learners" (EJ1125478) offers a provocative analysis of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that is important for any educator to read, especially educators who work with adult learners in postsecondary education. Pickard's…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Federal Legislation, Adult Education
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Smith, Cristine – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2016
In this brief article, Cristine Smith discusses the development and use of professional development activities at the national, state and local program level. Professional development systems and funding exist in every state, and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) has prioritized high-quality professional development for…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Program Development, Teacher Competencies, Theory Practice Relationship
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Baumgartner, Lisa M. – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to understand the literacy practices of individuals in Africa and the Americas who had between one and seven years of schooling. The questions investigated included: "In what literacy practices do adults with limited or no schooling engage for personal fulfillment? and (2) What do these practices reveal about the…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Educational Attainment, Case Studies, Illiteracy
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Bakhtiari, Dariush; Greenberg, Daphne; Patton-Terry, Nicole; Nightingale, Elena – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2015
Oral language is a critical component to the development of reading acquisition. Much of the research concerning the relationship between oral language and reading ability is focused on children, while there is a paucity of research focusing on this relationship for adults who struggle with their reading. Oral language as defined in this paper…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Reading Difficulties, Adults, Language Skills
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Jae, Haeran – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2014
This article reports on a specific case of the READ Center--a community-based literacy organization (CBLO) in Richmond, Virginia--and its attempt to develop promotional materials that will encourage low-literate adults to enroll in literacy programs. The article also offers insight on how literacy organizations may utilize the practical experience…
Descriptors: Program Development, Adult Literacy, Community Organizations, Enrollment
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