ERIC Number: ED496344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Teaching Adults to Read: A Summary of Scientifically Based Research Principles
Curtis, Mary E.; Kruidenier, John R.
National Institute for Literacy
Teaching reading is a complex undertaking, especially when the learner is an adult. Unlike children, adult learners cannot spend several hours in a classroom every day. Given the complexity of the task, what methods should educators use to help adult learners make substantial gains in their reading skills? This booklet summarizes the emerging principles and trends in adult reading instruction identified in a report of the Reading Research Working Group: Research-Based Principles for Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction. For each essential component of reading instruction (alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension), it covers the vital questions of what the component is, why it is taught, and how it should be assessed. In addition, for each component, it briefly discusses the implications for teachers.
Descriptors: Reading Research, Reading, Reading Skills, Adult Students, Adult Learning, Adult Basic Education, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Trends
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Adult Basic Education
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.