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ADULT BASIC EDUCATION AND LITERACY JOURNAL
The following columns appeared as Research Digests in the Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal. The editor of the digests is Cristine Smith, assistant professor at the Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and former Deputy Director of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy.

The Journal is co-published by the Commission on Adult Basic Education and ProLiteracy Worldwide. Each issue contains 3-4 peer-reviewed research articles as well as resource reviews, articles by and for practitioners, a WebScan column that reviews adult education and literacy-related Web sites, and an occasional Viewpoint article in which selected leaders in the field comment on current trends and issues.

To learn more about the journal, the process for submitting an article, or how to subscribe, go to www.coabe.org or send an e-mail to bmangicaro@proliteracy.org.

Spring 2007 Vol. 1 Issue 1

Completed Primary Research

  • The Relationship of the Component Skills of Reading to IALS Performance: Tipping Points and Five Classes of Adult Literacy Learners (Strucker, Yamamoto, Kirsch)
  • The Health Literacy of America’s Adults: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (Kutner, Greenberg, Jin, Paulsen, White)
  • Transitioning Adults to College: Adult Basic Education Program Models (Zafft, Kallenbach, Spohn)
  • The Role of Corporate Giving in Adult Literacy (Chisman, Spangenberg)
  • Does Numeracy Matter More? (Parsons, Bynner)

    Primary Research in Progress

  • Adult ESL Explicit Literacy Impact Study (Condelli, Fishman, Ali)
  • Longitudinal Study of Adult Learning (Reder)
  • Learning Together: Read and Write with Your Child: A Longitudinal Study of Family Literacy (Phillips, Hayden)

    Secondary Research, Meta-Analyses, and Reviews of Note

  • Locked Up and Locked Out: An Educational Perspective on the U.S. Prison Population (Coley, Barton)
  • An Evidence-Based Adult Education Program Model Appropriate for Research (Comings, Soricone, Santos)

Summer 2007 Vol. 1 Issue 2

Primary Research in Progress

  • Compensated Adult Dyslexics: Deficits and Compensatory Mechanisms (Parrila, Wade-Woolley, Corkett, Deacon, Kemp)
  • Adult’s Experiences Living with Low Literacy Skills and a Chronic Illness (King)

    Completed Primary Research

  • Education Pays (Second Update) (Baum, Payea, Steele)
  • America’s Perfect Storm: Three Forces Changing Our Nation’s Future (Kirsch, Braun, Yamamoto, Sum)
  • Lost in Translation (Colton)
  • New Light on Literacy and Numeracy: Summary Report (Bynner, Parsons)

    Secondary Research, Meta-Analyses, and Reviews of Note

  • Adult Literacy and Numeracy Outcomes: A Review of Controlled Trials (Torgerson, Brooks, Porthouse, Burton, Robinson, Wright, Watt)
  • The Federal Role in Adult Literacy (McLendon, Murphy, Parker)

Fall 2007 Vol. 1 Issue 3

Recently Completed Primary Research

  • Literacy in Everyday Life: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) (Kutner, Greenberg, Jin, Boyle, Hsu, Dunleavy, White)
  • Reading Practices among Adult Education Participants (Mellard, Patterson, Prewett)
  • Skill Acquisition and Use Across the Life Course: Current Trends, Future Prospects (Martin)

    Primary Research in Progress

  • Adult Transitions Longitudinal Study (ATLAS), 2007-2011 (Smith, Sireci)

    Secondary Research, Meta-Analyses, and Research Reviews of Note

  • Forces Changing Our Nation’s Future (Sum)

Spring 2008 Vol. 2 Issue 1

Recently Completed Primary Research

  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment for Adults: Improving Foundation Skills (Looney)
  • Illuminating Disadvantage: Profiling the Experiences of Adults with Entry Level Literacy or Numeracy over the Lifecourse (Parsons, Bynner)

    Primary Research in Progress

  • Adult Literacy and Numeracy Development in Partnership: Social Capital Approaches (Black)

    Secondary Research, Meta-Analyses, and Research Reviews of Note

  • The Fiscal Consequences of Adult Educational Attainment (Khatiwada, McLaughlin, Sum, Palma)
  • Skills and Social Practices: Making Common Cause (Green, Howard)

Summer 2008 Vol. 2 Issue 2

Recently Completed Primary Research

  • Effects of Instructional Hours and Intensity of Instruction on NRS Level Gain in Listening and Speaking (Young)
  • Success Factors in High Achieving Adult Learners (Smith, Baer)
  • Adult Education in America: A First Look at Results from the Adult Education Program and Learner Surveys (Tamassia, Lennon, Yamamoto, Kirsch)

    Primary Research in Progress

  • Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

    Secondary Research, Meta-Analyses, and Research Reviews of Note

  • Education at a Glance 2007: OECD Briefing Note for the United States Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development