ERIC Number: ED475854
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-May
Adolescent Literacy: Research Needs. Adolescent Literacy--Research Informing Practice: A Series of Workshops.
Department of Education, Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.
In March and May 2002, two workshops on adolescent literacy, co-sponsored by several federal agencies and professional associations, were held. They included presentations, discussion panels, audience questions and comments, and small working groups. The overall goal of both workshops was to assess the current state of knowledge on adolescent literacy, to develop recommendations for research, and to articulate research questions that need to be addressed to move the field of adolescent literacy forward. This paper reflects the deliberations of the researchers, practitioners, administrators, funders, and policy-makers attending the workshops. The workshops included presentations that surveyed current research in adolescent literacy and identified gaps and areas in need of research. The two workshops made clear that much research is needed in this under-studied area. Long-term longitudinal and descriptive studies are needed that trace and define the developmental trajectory of reading and writing in the adolescent period. Cross-sectional studies may be used to distinguish skill level of students in different grades. Case studies may assist in formulating theories that may elucidate the findings from longitudinal and/or cross-sectional studies. In addition, experimental and quasi-experimental studies of instructional methods, models for effective reading instruction delivery in middle and high school, and specific interventions for struggling readers are needed. The most informative research will link various fields and disciplines, sharing methods and approaches and bringing multiple perspectives to bear on these important questions. This paper also suggests relevant research issues. (NKA)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Intervention, Middle Schools, Reading Instruction, Reading Research, Research and Development, Research Needs, Secondary Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Workshops
For full text: http://www.nifl.gov/partnershipforreading/adolescent/.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.
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