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Vanek, Jen – Adult Literacy Education, 2022
A predominant narrative about adult education during the COVID-19 pandemic has been about how teachers, under unprecedented hardship, endeavored to work in new ways, drawing on technology tools and digital resources to sustain instruction when they could not meet learners in person. In order to succeed, teachers had to embrace working in entirely…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Teacher Effectiveness, Capacity Building, Instructional Design
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Smythe, Suzanne – Adult Literacy Education, 2022
In this response, Suzanne Smythe imagines the role of new technologies in community-based education as we settle into a "new normal." This article builds upon and extends Jen Vanek's suggestions in Part 1 by drawing upon research and practice oriented to digital justice. Smythe describes her experiences as an adult literacy researcher in…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Technology Uses in Education, Adult Education, Service Learning
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Cacicio, Sarah; Shell, Alison R.; Tare, Medha – Adult Literacy Education, 2022
In the hours following the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent shutdown, educators across the nation were suddenly tasked with teaching online. As Jen Vanek describes in "Supporting Quality Instruction: Building Teacher Capacity as Instructional Designers (Part 1 of 3)" (EJ1344704), the majority of educators had to quickly learn and…
Descriptors: Adult Educators, Adult Education, Teaching Methods, COVID-19
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Gee, Elisabeth; Gao, Yuchan – Adult Literacy Education, 2022
This article identifies and describes several different approaches to using game-mediated language learning (GML2), drawing in particular on Reinhardt and Sykes' (2012; 2014) framework and related literature. The article concludes with a brief discussion of potential applications to adult literacy and basic education settings and learners.
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Game Based Learning
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Cuban, Sondra; Arinder, Jo Ann – Adult Literacy Education, 2022
Narratives drawn from a Fulbright study of immigrant women in Chile communicating with their families at-a-distance through information and communication technologies show that they utilized digital visual literacy practices. Digital visual literacy is a combination of digital literacy and visual literacy and even goes beyond these…
Descriptors: Females, Immigrants, Foreign Countries, Information Technology
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Riggs, Rachel – Adult Literacy Education, 2022
When I began my career in adult education as an adjunct ESL teacher, I felt well-equipped with an understanding of second language acquisition and evidence-based teaching methods. At the time, I knew nothing about digital literacy. Once I began to understand its importance and the challenges that it posed in the classroom, I developed the Digital…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Personal Autonomy, Skill Development, Goal Orientation
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Beattie, Ellen N. – Adult Literacy Education, 2022
The evolving neurobiological and psychological understanding of emotions, specifically positive emotions, provides fascinating insights into how learners' emotions can be evoked, and online learning environments can be crafted to maximize student engagement. Engaged online learners are more active, self-directed, and responsible; they persist and…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Literacy Education, Emotional Response, Psychological Patterns
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Rosen, David J. – Adult Literacy Education, 2021
The focus of each Technology Solutions for Adult Basic Skills Challenges column begins with a common challenge facing adult basic skills practitioners. This article examines a technology solution to two large and related challenges: student engagement and student persistence, which, from a program or school perspective, is often described as…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Technology Uses in Education, Learner Engagement, Academic Persistence
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Shaw, Donita; Armstrong, Sonya L.; Alejandro, Adam J.; Martin-Young, Shelley; Weyen, Abby – Adult Literacy Education, 2021
The purpose of this study was to explore possible implicit models of reading that drive curriculum and instruction in adult and postsecondary developmental reading contexts. This qualitative investigation explored faculty conceptualizations of reading via linguistic metaphors. Forty-six reading education professionals completed an online survey…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Developmental Studies Programs, Reading Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Demetrion, George – Adult Literacy Education, 2021
This essay tracks and expands upon critical exchanges with graduate students in a course for adult educators, highlighting conflicting perspectives among participants on the relative value of theory in enhancing practice. An underlying focus of the course consisted of comparing constructivist and cognitive perspectives on learning theory and their…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Learning Theories, Theory Practice Relationship, Instructional Design
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Miles, Trenia – Adult Literacy Education, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused increasing economic and physical vulnerability of many Americans. There has also been a surge in poverty, housing insecurity, food insecurity, long-term unemployment, and challenges with health care access and use. This first article in the forum examines how the field of adult education continues the pattern of…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Adult Education, Educational Trends
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Lotas, Sasha V. – Adult Literacy Education, 2021
Founded in 1985, the Academy of Hope (AoH) Adult Public Charter School, an adult education and workforce development program in Washington, D.C., had to abruptly shift to a full distance learning model due to the pandemic. This suddenness necessitated a huge teaching and learning cultural shift: In only one week, AoH transitioned from an…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Adult Literacy, Adult Education
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Saal, Leah Katherine – Adult Literacy Education, 2021
According to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2014, literacy refers to "an individual's ability to read, write, and speak in English, compute, and solve problems [emphasis added], at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job, in the family of the individual, and in society" (Title 2, §203). Yet, according to…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Adult Education, Risk, Problem Solving
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Mortrude, Judy – Adult Literacy Education, 2021
In the final article of the forum, the field of adult basic education has mounted a strong response to COVID-19's disruption of classes and educational practices. As educators begin to think about the long-term consequences of this disruption, it might be useful to consider the ways that these changes and innovations could be built upon. In the…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Adult Basic Education, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Schwartz, Joni – Adult Literacy Education, 2021
In this response article, the author agrees with Jacobson that the labeling of individuals as "hard to serve" is unfortunate and misdirected in that it suggests that these students are somehow deficient and are the problem rather than identifying complex systemic issues that make some adult education programs necessary in the first…
Descriptors: Labeling (of Persons), Disadvantaged, Adult Education, Access to Education
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