Effective Strategies for Teaching Reading to Adults

Authored by: John R. Kruidenier

Handbook of Family Literacy

Print publication date:  April  2012
Online publication date:  August  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415884570
eBook ISBN: 9780203841495
Adobe ISBN: 9781136899126


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This chapter presents a summary of findings from the Adult Literacy Research Working Group’s most recent review of Adult Education reading assessment and instruction research (Kruidenier, MacArthur, & Wrigley, 2010). The Adult Literacy Research Working Group (ALRWG) was a panel of experts on adult reading research and practice established by the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) in collaboration with the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) (Comings & Crawford, 2007). The purpose of the ALRWG was to identify and evaluate existing research related to adult literacy reading instruction, and provide the field with research-based products including principles and practices for practitioners (Curtis & Kruidenier, 2005; Kruidenier, 2002; Kruidenier & Bell, 2007; Kruidenier et al., 2010; Mikulecky, 2005; Sticht, 2005). These findings, supplemented when necessary with findings from reading instruction research with children, are reviewed and related to family literacy programs to provide practitioners with research-based approaches to teaching adults to read.

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