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April 2006

National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
From the tutor to the researcher to the administrator, a site for all concerned.
Grade Level: Professional

The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) web site is a clearinghouse of research and information concerning adult literacy.
The top navigation bar leads to the main areas of the site. Internal pages have a left side menu. The site is fully searchable and there is a site subject index available.

The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) is a federally funded research and development center focused on adult learning. It is dedicated to improving programs that serve adults with limited literacy and English language skills, and those without a high school diploma. Anyone involved in teaching, managing or setting policy in adult literacy education will find useful information at this site including research findings, policy reports, and training and teaching materials. Of particular interest to school personnel is the Connecting Practice, Policy, and Research section. It offers downloadable professional development guides that provide all the steps, materials and readings for conducting study circles on a range of topics including "Research-based Adult Reading Instruction." Teaching materials are also available that provide lesson plans and research-based instructional strategies to develop adult students' literacy skills and knowledge of particular content. Materials in this section are also organized according to role (developers, program administrators, teachers/tutors, and policymakers) and by topic. Visitors to the site will also find interesting articles in Focus on Basics the quarterly publication (available in the publication section) which presents best practices, current research, and how research is used by adult basic education teachers, counselors, program administrators, and policymakers.



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