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Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research

Report Briefs and Booklets


The National Research Council developed a series of shorter publications based on the report Improving Adult Literacy Instruction to summarize its main messages for a range of readers – the general public, policymakers, researchers, and practitioners.

Report Briefs  




Report brief:
Offers an overview
of the report’s findings
and recommendations.


Policy brief:
Highlights report findings
of interest to federal, state, and
local policymakers.


Research brief:

Intended for those who

conduct or sponsor

research on adult literacy, this brief identifies future research needs.


Based on the report Improving Adult Literacy: Options for Practice and Research, these booklets offer principles and practices for strengthening various aspects of instruction. Intended to be a useful resource for those who design or administer adult literacy courses or programs, the booklets may also be of interest to teachers and tutors.

Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: 

Developing Reading and Writing

Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: 

Supporting Learning and Motivation


This booklet gives an overview of how

literacy develops and explains instructional

practices that can help adults learn to read

and write.   


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This booklet explains the principles that

instructors can follow to support literacy

learning and student's motivation to presist in

their studies.  The booklet also explores promising technologies for adult literacy. 


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