ERIC Number: ED482336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Opportunities and Limits: An Update on Adult Literacy Education. Information Series.
Belzer, Alisa; St. Clair, Ralf
This paper reviews significant events and resources that have emerged since the 1992 publication of "Adult Literacy Education: Current and Future Directions. An Update" by Hanna Fingeret. It analyzes major milestones in research and practice in literacy education that have occurred in the last decade. The paper begins by looking at the current context for doing research, including the legislative influences of the Welfare Reform Act and the Workforce Investment Act. Next, the monograph explores major aspects of the infrastructure that support the field, related to policy, assessment and accountability, and professional development. The next section summarizes and analyzes the state of the field with regard to the following areas of teaching and learning: adult learning and development; instructional strategies; learner engagement; special populations; trauma; reading, writing, and numeracy; teaching for the General Educational Development Test; family literacy; work force literacy; health literacy; and technology. The document concludes with reflections on the ways in which these milestones challenge the development of the field of adult literacy education. Contains 196 references. (SK)
Descriptors: Accountability, Adult Basic Education, Adult Development, Adult Learning, Adult Literacy, Adult Students, Educational History, Educational Research, Family Literacy, Federal Legislation, Health Education, High School Equivalency Programs, Literacy Education, Numeracy, Politics of Education, Professional Development, Public Policy, Special Needs Students, Teaching Methods, Theory Practice Relationship
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Publication Type: Historical Materials; ERIC Publications
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests