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ERIC Number: ED495439
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 53
Abstractor: ERIC
Adult Literacy Research: Opportunities and Challenges. NCSALL Occasional Paper
Comings, John; Soricone, Lisa
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)
This monograph looks first at opportunities provided by research in the adult literacy field and then identifies challenges to scientific research and suggests ways to address these challenges so that better evidence can be generated in the future. It has two goals that support the building of a stronger research base for the adult literacy field. The first goal is to interest researchers in pursuing rigorous scientific research in this field. Despite the many challenges to research, this field offers researchers some opportunities to have a positive impact on education, increase the research base, and advance their careers. The second goal is to identify these challenges and approaches to overcoming them so that future research could design more successful studies. Addressing these challenges to research is a critical step toward building a larger and stronger foundation of evidence to support practitioner decisions. The target group for this monograph includes present and prospective researchers but also policymakers and administrators who seek a better understanding of research in this field. Appended are: (1) List of Advisors; (2) List of Peer Reviewers; and (3) List of Government Officials. (Contains 7 footnotes.)
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL). 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210. Tel: 617-482-9485; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Researchers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, Boston, MA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A