Publications and Reports

Research-Based Principles for Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction (PDF)

This publication is designed to serve two primary audiences: educators and policy makers who make decisions about the content of adult basic education reading instruction and researchers eager to identify new avenues of study to add to our understanding of this field.

Research Agenda for Adult ESL
National Center for ESL Literacy Education (NCLE), National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL), Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL)

This paper addresses those issues about the adult English language learner, program design, teacher preparation, instruction, and assessment.

Focus On Basics: Research to Practice

Focus on Basics is the quarterly publication of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy. It presents best practices, current research on adult learning and literacy, and how research is used by adult basic education teachers, counselors, program administrators, and policy makers.

Focus on Basics: Current Research in Adult Learning and Literacy
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)

Details about research projects currently being undertaken within the fields of adult learning and literacy.

Research Reports on Literacy with Implications for Health
Health Literacy Studies: Harvard School of Public Health

Research Points: "English Language Learners:
Boosting Academic Achievement" (PDF)

Essential Information for Education Policy
Published by the American Educational Research Association
Winter 2004 Volume 2, Issue 1

Beyond the debate over bilingual versus English-only education, the fundamental question remains: What are the best ways to teach English literacy to English language learners, and what rate of achievement in English is realistic to expect?

Policymaker’s Primer on Education Research

A joint effort of Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) and the Education Commission of the States (ECS) to help make education research more accessible to policymakers.


Intergenerational Transfer of Cognitive Skills: A Two-Way Street for Adults and Their Children in California Library Literacy Programs

Findings from the FULFILL (Families Utilizing the Library For Improving
Literacy and Learning) Study

Study conducted by
Drs. Barabara McDonald and Patricia A. Scollay
San Diego State Univesity

This study looked at experiences of people whose literacy use and literacy skills had undergone transition as adults when they decided to learn to read or to improve their reading in library-based adult and family literacy programs. The work comes out of a longitudinal interview study in which adult literacy learners in California public library programs and their volunteer tutors were interviewed once every year over a three year period.

Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles

Research-based assessment practices for the adult education classroom

ARCS - The Adult Reading Components Study
The ARCS was conducted by John Strucker,Director and Rosalind Kasle Davidson, Assistant Director, with researchers at the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL). Although ARCS researchers tested 955 adult learners for the study, the information used to create the website profiles is from 569 ABE learners only.

Web Resources

Partnership for Reading
National Institute for Literacy, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, US Department of Education

The Partnership for Reading website offers information about the effective teaching of reading for children, adolescents, and adults, based on the evidence from quality research.

Adult Education Reading Instruction (Partnership for Reading)

A website for evidenced-based practices for teaching reading to adults in adult basic education and family literacy programs.

Family Partnership in Reading
National Center for Family Literacy

Family Partnership in Reading Project bringing scientifically based research to family literacy programs

Research in Adult Literacy
Ohio Literacy Resource Center

EFF Reading Project

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