ERIC Number: ED465888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Assembling the Fragments: A Review of Research on Adult Basic Skills. Research Report.
Brooks, Greg; Giles, Kerry; Harman, John; Kendall, Sally; Rees, Felicity; Whittaker, Sara
Research on adult basic skills in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in the English-speaking world was reviewed. The review focused on the following aspects of adult basic skills education: the scale of need and impact of poor basic skills; learner characteristics; motivation, attendance, dropping out, and progression; provision and programs; tutors and professional development; teaching; assessment and accreditation; impact studies; other benefits of adult basic skills instruction; factors associated with progress; costs and benefits; and gaps in existing knowledge. The extent and key findings of research in each area were reviewed, and recommendations for improving research in the given area were presented. The most-researched areas of adult basic skills were literacy, numeracy, English for speakers of other languages, information and computer technology, and oracy. Areas that needed more research included the factors associated with learner progress in basic skills programs; the impact of English for speakers of other languages and use of information and computer technology in adult basic skills; and program costs and benefits. The search methodology used for the review is appended along with a list of 44 World Wide Web addresses and the names/addresses of individuals/organizations contacted during the review. (Contains 20 tables and 150 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Basic Skills, Certification, Cost Effectiveness, Data Collection, Definitions, Dropout Research, Educational History, Educational Needs, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Educational Trends, English (Second Language), Family Literacy, Foreign Countries, Internet, Literacy Education, Literature Reviews, Numeracy, Outcomes of Education, Professional Development, Research Needs, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Trend Analysis, World Wide Web
For full text (MS Word): http://www.dfes.gov.uk/research/data/uploadfiles/RR220.doc.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department for Education and Employment, London (England).
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research, Slough (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom