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ERIC Number: ED540599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 63
Evidence-Based, Student-Centered Instructional Practices. CAELA Network Brief
Peyton, Joy Kreeft; Moore, Sarah Catherine K.; Young, Sarah
Center for Adult English Language Acquisition
The field of adult education has a longstanding tradition of student-centered approaches to learning. More recently, there has been an increased emphasis in K-12 and adult education on using evidence-based instructional practices. While there has been some tendency to dichotomize these two approaches, instruction of any kind is more effective when it is supported by evidence of its success. The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, which is Title II of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, requires that local education providers funded under the Act use instructional practices that are based on a strong research foundation. Therefore, it is critical that instructional developers in states, regions, and programs know the research base for specific instructional practices. This brief describes evidence-based and student-centered instruction and gives examples of instructional approaches that are supported by evidence. It also describes how teachers of adults learning English as a second language can work together in learning communities to increase their knowledge of and skills with student-centered instructional practices that are evidence-based. This brief is written for teachers and program administrators seeking to implement evidence-based, student-centered instruction in programs and classes that include adults learning English as a second language. It will also be of use to professional developers who support teachers in this work.
Center for Adult English Language Acquisition. 4646 40th Street NW, Washington, DC 20016. Tel: 202-355-1500; Fax: 202-363-7204; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Center for Adult English Language Acquisition
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998 Title II