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ERIC Number: EJ1076597
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Teaching Writing in Adult Literacy: Practices to Foster Motivation and Persistence and Improve Learning Outcomes
Nielsen, Kristen
Adult Learning, v26 n4 p143-150 Nov 2015
Writing is critical to success in education, the workplace, and everyday communication yet receives limited attention in the research, particularly the topic of writing instruction in adult education. Adult literacy practitioners frequently lack training in writing instruction and must rely on a confusing array of information, primarily derived from K-12 pedagogy. This literature synthesis investigates findings from studies of writing focusing on adult literacy and explicates specific instructional practices and strategies for teaching writing to adult learners. Findings highlight the importance of fostering motivation, persistence, and self-efficacy and indicate motivation and achievement increase when instructors introduce specific writing micro-goals, share explicit feedback, and provide evidence of progress. Classrooms should incorporate opportunities for creative expression, authentic materials and communication, writing task contextualization, explicit strategy instruction, regular journaling and personal writing, and technology and multimedia integration. Research gaps in supporting adult learner writing are identified, and implications and ideas for future research are offered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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