Literacy theory

Unlocking Language: The Classic Readability Studies (2006)

This document offers a guide, chronologically arranged, to theories about readability.

The author begins in 1893 with the work of L.A. Sherman on the analytics of literature and continues up to 1948 with the Dale-Chall readability formula and Rudolph Flesch’s work on reading ease.

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2009-10-23

Adult Education and Literacy in the United States (2007)

A Syllabus and Resources for an Online Course of Self-Study

Thomas Sticht, International Consultant in Adult Education, has put together a syllabus for self-study to give those new to the field of literacy more background in adult education and literacy development, and to offer others in the field a chance to deepen their knowledge about the field and its history, policies, practices and issues that it deals with. All recommended reading is available in the NALD Library.

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2007-02-26

Crossing Critical Thresholds at the Bob Steele Reading Center: Transforming Potentiality Into Actuality (2005)

(2000/2005 revised)

This historical analysis explores key aspects of the Bob Steele Reading Center in Connecticut from its inception in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.

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2005-04-08

New Interest in Functional Context Education (FCE) Part 3: Two New Online Resources for Educators and Technologists (2003)

This article discusses further the renewed interest in Functional Context Education (FCE) principles, in which basic skills (literacy) instruction is integrated (embedded) within vocational job training.

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2003-11-03

Functional Context Education (FCE) Part 2: Toward Policies and Practices for Contextualized Teaching and Learning in Community Colleges and High Schools (2003)

This article discusses Functional Context Education (FCE) principles, in which basic skills (literacy) instruction is integrated (embedded) within vocational job training.

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2003-10-30

Functional Context Education (FCE) Part 1: New Interest in FCE Theory and Principles for Integrating Basic Skills and Work Skills (2003)

This article discusses a renewed interest in Functional Context Education (FCE) principles, in which basic skills (literacy) instruction is integrated (embedded) within vocational job training.

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2003-10-24

Toward an Evidence-Based Adult Education and Literacy System (AELS) (2003)

Discussion of the principles from Functional Context Education (FCE) first presented as a set in a book entitled Cast-off Youth: Policy and Training Methods From the Military Experience (Sticht, et al, Praeger,1987).

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2003-10-06

The Scientific Understanding of Reading and the Reading Potential of Adults Assessed by Measuring Listening and Reading Abilities (2002)

This article discusses the concept of a child's “reading potential,” which represents the difference between how well a child can understand spoken and written language. The author then applies this concept to adult learners.

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2002-07-31

Teaching Reading with Adults (2002)

In Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States renewed interest is being given to the teaching of literacy, especially reading, to adults using research-based information. This paper discusses literacy as the mastery of graphics technology.

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2002-07-31

Briefing Paper: Literacy and the Canadian Workforce (2001)

This research report provides a synopsis of the major issues and trends with respect to the issue of literacy and the Canadian workforce, and offers recommendations for government policy makers.

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2002-07-29

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