ERIC Number: ED451361
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Prospects for Disseminating Research to a Hungry Field. Interim Evaluation Report #2. NCSALL Occasional Paper.
Wilson, Bruce; Corbett, Dick
The prospects for disseminating research to the field of adult basic education and literacy (ABE&L) were assessed by interviewing about 60 ABE&L decision makers and practitioners from 10 different states about their work and information needs. The decision makers set ABE&L policy in states or regions and/or supervised teachers and other staff. The practitioners worked with learners directly through volunteer, part-time, or full-time teaching positions. The interviews established that ABE&L educators seeking to access research and information that would improve their practice face huge structural constraints. However, professional development was high on most interviewees' list of priorities, and provisions for professional development were found in each state examined. Practitioners and decision makers saw a need for both policy-oriented and learner-centered studies. It was recommended that the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy take the following actions to improve the situation regarding dissemination of research to ABE&L: (1) identify, train, and support people who can work with ABE&L decision makers and practitioners in each state; (2) advocate for increased funding for the field and the relevance, practicality, and value of ABE&L's knowledge base; and (3) ensure that funds for dissemination and advocacy do not compete with research funds. (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Administrator Attitudes, Adoption (Ideas), Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Literacy, Comparative Analysis, Diffusion (Communication), Educational Quality, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Full Time Faculty, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Linking Agents, Literacy Education, National Organizations, Part Time Faculty, Professional Development, Research Projects, Research Utilization, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Use Studies
For full text: http://ncsall.gse.harvard.edu/research/op_wilson.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, Boston, MA.