Research-based Adult Reading Instruction
This 10˝-hour NCSALL study circle is based on recent research and resources about adult reading instruction. The research and related resources include:
- A review of adult reading research conducted by a panel of experts called the Reading Research Working Group, published in a report by John Kruidenier entitled Research-Based Principles for Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction
- Two NCSALL studies on adults’ reading profiles (their strengths and needs in the four components of reading)
- A study on adults’ reading practices, and the classroom materials and activities that help them increase the type and amount of reading they do in daily life, by NCSALL’s Victoria Purcell-Gates
- Resources to help teachers with reading instruction strategies, such as Equipped for the Future Hot Topics, the Adult Reading Component Study Web Site on assessment, and NCSALL Teaching Materials (Understanding What Reading Is All About)
In Session One, study circle members learn about different theories of the reading process and consider their own assumptions about reading. Participants discuss the studies that are included in Research-Based Principles for Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction and take part in an activity that introduces four major components of reading instruction: alphabetics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.
In Session Two, participants review the main points raised in the readings about the four components of reading instruction and discuss the implications of these points for their own teaching. In the closing activity, participants focus on techniques for using these components in teaching reading to beginning- and intermediate-level readers.
In Session Three, participants consider how viewing reading through different research lenses can give them a better understanding of adults as readers. Participants will discuss a resource for developing reading profiles of adult learners, and they will examine reading instruction through the Equipped for the Future framework. The group will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of introducing adult learners to the four components of reading instruction. Participants identify next steps for teaching reading to adults in their own programs and, as a group, discuss the factors that may hinder them in carrying out their plans as well as the supports that are available to help them.