Are you attending the COABE conference? Would you like to learn more about our work? Please join us at the following two CSAL related sessions:
Findings from the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy
Monday, March 26th from 2:00pm-3:15pm in Alhambra room
This session will provide preliminary findings of our 544 participants' performances on our battery of reading-related assessments and their progress as a result of a reading intervention. You will leave this session with information about important skills and strategies, students' relative strengths and weaknesses, and examples of instructional strategies to take back to your own classroom.
Adding to Your Toolbox for Teaching Reading to Adult Learners
Wednesday, March 28th from 1:45pm-3:00pm in Maryvale B room
In this session, we will share tools for working with adults who may read at different levels and have different language backgrounds. We will cover common types of mistakes, ways to teach foundational decoding and comprehension skills, and online materials you can use in your classrooms for reading practice.
CSAL is committed to understanding reading-related characteristics that are critical to helping adult learners reach their reading goals and to developing instructional approaches that are tailored to adult learners’ needs and interests.
CSAL General Overview
Each year, nearly 3 million Americans enroll in adult literacy programs to improve their basic skills, and some estimates suggest the need is even greater. Adults in these programs want to increase their literacy skills to improve aspects of their work, family, social, and civic lives. However, we do not completely understand their underlying reading-related strengths and weaknesses, nor do we know the best curricula and teaching approaches to help them reach their reading goals. The focus of our center is to address these areas by conducting research that will (1) explore individual differences in reading-related abilities and motivations for learning so that we can better tailor instruction to adult learners, (2) design a reading program and an interactive online reading tutor that, can more effectively meet adult learners’ needs, and (3) conduct pilot studies to assess the potential of our instructional programs in helping adults improve their literacy skills. More information is available on our project overview page.
Funding for this Center comes from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education and we are funded through Grant R305C120001 at Georgia State University. Our project officer is Meredith Larson.
Our researchers come from Georgia State University, University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children, The University of Memphis and the Institute for Intelligent Systems, and Brock University.
Our collaborators include the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics (TIMES) at the University of Houston (for assistance with tests and basic data management) and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) (for assistance with national leadership activities).
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