Thomas G. Sticht

Can We Make Adult Literacy Surveys More Cost-Beneficial? (2001)

This article examines the cost-effectiveness of standardized testing in assessing literacy levels, particularly in the UK. The author presents statistics and anecdotes, and suggests a more cost-effective approach to determining the scale of need for literacy and numeracy education provision.

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2001-08-03

A Fantasy in Three Themes for Adult Literacy Education (2001)

This research note comments on three themes in adult literacy education: Competency Based Adult Education, Unlearning Literacy, and Learner Centered.

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2001-03-14

Reforming Adult Literacy Education - Transforming Local Programs Into National Systems in Canada, the United Kingdom & the United States (2001)

In the middle of the 20th century, the United Nations proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Among the rights claimed for all peoples of the world were rights to education expressed in Article 26. Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States national activities are underway that promise to extend the right to free elementary and fundamental education to adults.

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2001-01-01

The Power of Adult Education (2001)

Moving the Adult Education and Literacy System of the United States From the Margins to the Mainstream of Education

The Adult Education & Literacy System (AELS) of the United States was formed in 1966 when the Adult Education Act (AEA) was passed by the U. S. Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon Baines Johnson. The AEA brought adult educators at the local, state, and federal levels together to work under an agreed to set of common rules and regulations that began the process of systematizing adult education in the United States.

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2001-01-01

Research Into Practice #1: U.S. Army Manuals and ABE in Great Britain (2001)

This article presents an anecdote that illustrates how “obscure and circuitous the path often is from research on adult literacy to its effects on policy and practice.”

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2001-01-01

Has the National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS) Defamed the Competence of America`s Labor Force? (2001)

This article questions the validity of some of the conclusions of the first report on the National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS) of 1992. The author calls for more discussion and investigation into adult literacy assessments in the US.

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2001-01-01

Adult's Perceived Literacy Near Universal in U.S., Canada, and UK (2001)

Based on the International Adult Literacy Survey data for Canada, the US, and the UK, there appears to be a considerable discrepancy between the results of the performance tests and the self-assessments. This article provides statistics to support this theory, considers the implications of this discrepancy, and suggests topics for further study.

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2001-01-01

Are We Facing a 'Literacy Surplus' in the Workforces of the United States and Canada? (2000)

This article examines the idea of a "literacy surplus," in which the overall skills of the workforce exceed the overall demands of workplaces. The author presents statistics and arguments to support this theory, and considers the implications for adult literacy education policy.

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2000-08-11

The Texas Test Score Flap (2000)

This article discusses the Rand study which compared Texan students' performance on the Texas state tests to their performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests. The author says that differences in the design of the tests can help explain some of the variance.

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2000-01-01

NIFL Internet Forums: Dissemination or Dialogue? (2000)

This article provides statistics relating to the use of discussion groups on ESL, Family and Workplace literacy created by the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) in the US in 1995. The author concludes that the discussion groups are serving more as a means of disseminating information than of sparking dialogue.

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