ERIC Number: ED452404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
A National Plan for Research and Development in Adult Education and Literacy.
Reddy, Lynn, Ed.
This document presents the national plan for research and development (R&D) in adult education and literacy that was developed by the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL). The document begins by explaining the process used to develop the plan, which included conducting a literature review, obtaining input from a national steering group, and conducting 11 focus groups representing various stakeholders (adult learners, teachers, state and local administrators, and researchers). The plan's objectives, which are as follows, are listed: build on existing knowledge; consider the utility of research from other fields; support other research planning efforts; incorporate strategies for disseminating results to the field; allow researchers to locate research projects and describe specific projects' benefits within a national research framework; and provide potential funders with a list of priority areas in need of R&D. Presented next is the actual plan, which includes sections on the following topics: (1) adult learning, recruitment, and persistence; (2) types of instruction that work best; (3) learner assessment and program evaluation; (4) staff development; and (5) policy and structure. A model for linking research to improvements in policy and practice is described, and its implications are discussed. Lists of steering group members and focus group participants are appended. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Literacy, Advisory Committees, Educational Development, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Financial Support, Focus Groups, Literacy Education, Literature Reviews, Models, National Programs, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Program Design, Program Evaluation, Research and Development, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Needs, Research Utilization, Staff Development, Student Attrition, Student Evaluation, Student Recruitment, Teaching Methods, Theory Practice Relationship
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.; National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, Boston, MA.; Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education and Literacy.
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC. Center for Research in Education.