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Investigating the impact of intensive reading pedagogy in adult literacy

Funding or Partner Organisation: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (National Centre for Vocational Education Research Partner Funds)

Start year: 2006

Summary: The purpose of this research project is to investigate, through an action-research methodology, the most effective means for informing and training practising adult ESOL and Adult Basic Education (ABE) teachers in how to implement a more intensive and scaffolded approach to the teaching of reading, which many find the most problematic aspect of adult literacy teaching. The aim is to contribute evidenced-based research to processes of professional development in reading pedagogy, improving support for teachers and enhancing learning opportunities of ESOL and ABE students. It is intended that the research process will, in the immediate-term, build a base of skilled and reflective teachers, and in the longer-term contribute to resource and policy development and impact on professional training programs.

Keywords: Action research, interviews, observations