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St. Clair, Ralf – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2015
When policy is made in a particular area, not only does one have to decide what to do but why he/she is doing it. Any plan for action is like a house of cards. At the bottom, there are assumptions. They hold up the next layer, which is the definition of the problem. At the top is the response, what is to be done. If any of the lower cards is not…
Descriptors: Position Papers, Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Strategic Planning
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Prins, Esther; Monnat, Shannon; Clymer, Carol; Toso, Blaire Wilson – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2015
This paper uses data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) to analyze the relationship between U.S. adults' self-reported health and proficiencies in literacy, numeracy, and technological problem solving. Ordinal logistic regression analyses showed that scores on all three scales were positively and…
Descriptors: Competence, Tests, Health, Knowledge Level
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Finn, Heather B. – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2015
Adult immigrants bring rich experiences to the English as a Second Language (ESL) literacy classroom, and these experiences, which are often fraught with emotion, can influence how they participate in the learning process. In community-based classrooms, where teachers typically have the flexibility to create their own curriculum, there are many…
Descriptors: Adult Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Psychological Patterns
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Talwar, Amani; Cote, Nicole Gilbert; Binder, Katherine – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2014
This study examined whether the spelling abilities of adults with low literacy skills could be predicted by their phonological, orthographic, and morphological awareness. Sixty Adult Basic Education (ABE) students completed several literacy tasks. It was predicted that scores on phonological and orthographic tasks would explain variance in…
Descriptors: Investigations, Predictor Variables, Spelling, Literacy
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Ro, Eunseok; Ryu, Jin – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2013
The factors determining foreign language abilities have received copious attention from foreign language studies, and these research findings provided highly converging pedagogical implications for language teachers. However, not many studies have focused on non-academic learners especially with respect to their literacy skills. To fill this gap,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Literacy, Surveys, Student Placement
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Herman, Julia; Cote, Nicole Gilbert; Reilly, Lenore; Binder, Katherine S. – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2013
The goal of this study was to compare the literacy skills of adult native English and native Spanish ABE speakers. Participants were 169 native English speakers and 124 native Spanish speakers recruited from five prior research projects. The results showed that the native Spanish speakers were less skilled on morphology and passage comprehension…
Descriptors: Native Language, Native Speakers, English, Spanish Speaking
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Huang, Jiuhuan; Newbern, Claudia – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2012
This article reports on a study that examines the effects of metacognitive reading strategy instruction on reading performance of adult ESL learners with limited English and literacy skills. The strategy instruction was implemented over a period of four months with a group of 18 learners who were enrolled in a high beginning literacy course in an…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Literacy, Reading Strategies, English (Second Language)
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Shaw, Donita Massengill; Disney, Laurel – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2012
The purpose of this study is to provide a deeper understanding of learning disabled young adults who struggle with low literacy skills in order to learn more about their literacy profiles and, from an emic perspective, understand the affective factors that may have influenced their attendance and persistence in a post-secondary residential…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Literacy, Colleges, Listening Comprehension
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Thomas, Robert G. – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2012
In 1979, when the author began as an academic instructor at the Central Coast Adult School, located inside the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo, California, he saw his teaching role in the traditional sense of imparting knowledge through the school's curriculum. Over time, however, his viewpoint changed as he came to recognize that the…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Correctional Institutions, Correctional Education
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Binder, Katherine S.; Lee, Cheryl S. – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2012
Resilient readers are those who, despite their poor phonological decoding skills, have good comprehension abilities (Jackson & Doellinger, 2002). Thus far, these readers have been identified in college settings. The purpose of this study was to a) determine if this reader profile was present in a sample taken from an Adult Basic Education…
Descriptors: Profiles, Adult Basic Education, Literacy, Reading Comprehension