ERIC Number: ED471275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The First Five Years: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, 1996-2001.
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, Boston, MA.
Since its establishment in 1996, the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) has actively conducted and disseminated research to help build effective, cost- efficient adult education and literacy programs for adults who have low literacy and math skills, limited English skills, and/or no high school diploma. Funded as a national research and development center, the NCSALL maintains strong ties to the world of practice, and most of its staff members have experience as adult educators and previous research experience with adults. The following are among the NCSALL's main areas of focus: leadership (promoting a research perspective; building research capacity); research (adult student persistence; literacy practices; adult reading components; health and adult learning and literacy; adult development; adult multiple intelligences; classroom dynamics; English for speakers of other languages; staff development; General Educational Development program impacts; assessment of educational outcomes); lab sites (management; practice; research; professional development); and dissemination (print, electronic, and face-to-face dissemination and dissemination through the Practitioner Dissemination Research Network). The NCSALL's research has identified important lessons for the following areas: literacy and its outcomes; differences between K-12 and adult education and literacy systems; and incorporating research into adult education practice. (The bibliography lists 22 references. A list of 50 NCSALL publications is appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Development, Adult Education, Adult Educators, Adult Learning, Adult Literacy, Adult Students, Basic Skills, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), High School Equivalency Programs, Illiteracy, Literacy Education, National Organizations, Non English Speaking, Organizational Development, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, Reading, Research and Development, Research and Development Centers, Research Projects, Research Reports, School Effectiveness, Staff Development, Student Attitudes, Theory Practice Relationship, Trend Analysis
World Education, 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210 ($10). Tel: 617-482-9485; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://ncsall.gse.harvard.edu. For full text: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/~ncsall/research/report23.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests