IMPROVING ADULT LITERACY INSTRUCTION

Supporting
LEARNING and
      MOTIVATION

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
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I m p r o v I n g A d u lt l I t e r A c y I n s t r u c t I o n d rawing on the latest research evidence, this booklet, Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Supporting Learning and Motivation, explains principles that instructors can follow to support literacy learning and students’ motivation to persist in their studies. The booklet also explores promising technologies for adult literacy instruction. Also of Interest… This booklet is drawn from the National Research Council’s report Improving Supporting Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research. The report rec- ommends a program of research and innovation to gain a better understand- ing of adult literacy learners, improve instruction, and create the supports adults need for learning and achievement. The report also identifies factors that affect literacy development in adolescence and adulthood and examines Learning and their implications for strengthening literacy instruction for this population. In addition, the report explores technologies that show promise for supporting adult literacy learners. The report is a valuable resource for curriculum developers, federal agencies, literacy program administrators, educators, and funding agencies. Motivation A companion to this booklet, Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Developing Reading and Writing, gives an overview of how literacy develops and explains instructional practices that can help adults learn to read and write. Intended to be a useful resource for those who design or administer adult literacy courses or programs, this booklet may also be of interest to teachers and tutors. Copies of both booklets are available from the National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001; (800) 624-6242; http://www.nap.edu.