Find here the research to provide you with background information, a rationale, and evidence to support decisions around ELA teaching, curriculum, and program design:
- Adult Education Literacy Instruction: A Review of the Research (2010): The Executive Summary may prove especially useful, as well as Chapter 3—"List of Stronger Findings, Weaker Findings and Findings From Other Populations," which includes findings on teaching materials and strategies for the different areas of reading instruction.
- Bridging Research and Practice: The Role of Diagnostic Assessment in Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (2007): This document "highlights key findings from the research on diagnostic assessment for adult learners and identifies some of the pilot participants’ experiences and reflections on implementing STAR in their programs and classrooms."
- The Relationship of the Component Skills of Reading to IALS Performance: Tipping Points and Five Classes of Adult Literacy Learners (2007): Co-authored by our own John Strucker, this study aimed to "understand the relationship of the component skills of reading, such as word recognition, vocabulary, and spelling, to large-scale measures of literacy" using "real-world items such as advertisements, bus schedules, newspaper editorials, and product warranties."
- Research from the National Academies Press (2012) on improving adult literacy instruction in developing reading and writing, and supporting learning and motivation.
- STAR Research Review (Spring 2017): contains reviews of nine relevant research documents.
- Using the PIAAC Literacy Framework to Guide Instruction: An Introduction for Adult Educators (2017): PIACC is the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies.
Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI)