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by Cyril Houle — 1956
The educator of adults is concerned not so much with the process of reading as with its effect. He owes no loyalty to any one means of learning but must consider all of them as methods or devices to be used as needed, either singly or in combination. His central aim is to help people change themselves in desirable ways; and his concern with reading or any other process depends solely on its relative usefulness in producing the hoped-for result.

by David Clift & Dan Lacy — 1956
The reading of adults—whether they read, how much they read, and what they read-depends on many factors of skill, habit, and motivation. But it also depends in very great measure on what is conveniently available to them to read. About 9,500 new books and about 2,500 new editions of previously issued works are published annually in the book trade in the United States. Moreover, the book trade keeps in print some 100,000 different books. The network of arrangements by which these tens of thousands of separate books, emanating from hundreds of separate sources, find their way, or more often fail to find their way, to their potential users among the adult Americans in many thousands of communities throughout the country is one of the principal determinants of reading.

by Edgar Dale & Jeanne Chall — 1956
The aim of communication is to share ideas, information, attitudes, and skills. The sharing may be through direct imitation of an action or indirectly by words, pictures, and other symbols. In a simple society where specialized information is rare, everyone can talk to and learn from everyone else. But in today's specialized society we have reached a point where, as Robert M. Hutchins once put it, even our anatomists cannot talk to each other unless they happen to be working on the same part of the body.

by Paul Witty — 1956
It is possible for almost any adult to improve his reading both in rate and in comprehension. In practice, most of us adopt a congenial pace in rending much below our actual capacity. And some of us read everything in the same way—a newspaper, a novel, or a conference report. In many cases, this is a snail's pace; in others it is a relatively slow rate that becomes habitual. There are, of course, large numbers of adults who read various types of material skilfully. Yet many of these people can improve their reading habits.

by Clarence Barnhart — 1949
The more significant of Dr. Thorndike's contributions to lexicography are described in this article. Thanks to his influence, all school dictionaries now have readable type.

by Elvion Owen — 1949
The author is suggesting that despite his distrust of conventional rules, Professor Thorndike, to the extent that he is himself at all unconventional, becomes so only through excess of conservatism. The question that arises is whether some connection can be traced between his practice and his opinions.

by Irving Lorge — 1945
A description of the Thorndike-Lorge Reading Test. The Thorndike-Lorge Test is planned as a general test of silent reading comprehension. It includes all the important factors in silent reading with reasonable weight for each factor.

by Edward Thorndike — 1921
Consider these simple questions: How many English words should the ordinary boy or girl know the meanings of at the end of Grade 8? Which words should all or nearly all pupils know at that stage? In what grades and in what connections should they be learned?

by Mark Bauerlein — 2005
A summary of The National Endowment for the Arts study "Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America."

by Timothy Shanahan & Cynthia Hynd-Shanahan — 2006
Reading instruction has been reformed successfully in the primary grades, but with no consequent improvement in adolescent literacy. This commentary asks the question: What changes can the states and federal government make to education policy that will boost adolescent reading achievement?

by Kindel Nash, Etta Hollins & Leah Panther — 2016
Focusing on high-performing early literacy teachers across multiple urban school contexts, this commentary introduces our conceptual model and one example of a high leverage early literacy practice.

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Resources
  • Discourse and Sociocultural Studies in Reading
    This article seeks to develop an integrated perspective on language, literacy, and the human mind, a perspective that holds important implications for the nature of reading, both cognitively and socioculturally.
  • Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research
    The Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research is an international refereed journal focusing on central ideas and themes in educational thinking and research.
  • National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
    The mission of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL, pronounced nick-saul) is to conduct the research, development, evaluation, and dissemination needed to build effective, cost-efficient adult learning and literacy programs.
  • XFR: Experiments in The Future of Reading
    An exhibition of experiments in the future intersection of reading and digital technology
  • Educational Insights
    In 1990, a graduate-student journal, Educational Insights, was initiated by the Centre to give graduate students an opportunity to reach out to other educators by publishing what they have learned from their studies and by serving in an editorial capacity to help others share their work.
  • The National Adult Literacy and Learning Disabilities Center
    The National ALLD Center is funded by the National Institute for Literacy under a cooperative agreement with the Academy for Educational Development in collaboration with the University of Kansas Institute for Research in Learning Disabilities.
  • Towards the Goal of Adult Literacy
  • Reading Research Quarterly
    Reading Research Quarterly publishes original manuscripts reporting research, integrative reviews, and syntheses or theoretical formulations that will stimulate new thinking and enrich understanding of literacy and literacy research.
  • National Center on Adult Literacy
    The National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL) was established in 1990 with a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Cultural Considerations in Adult Literacy Education
  • Reading Online
    Reading Online (ROL) is a peer-reviewed journal of the International Reading Association, edited by Bridget Dalton of CAST, Peabody, Massachusetts, USA, and Dana L. Grisham of San Diego State University, California, USA. Since its launch in May 1997 it has become a leading online source of information for the worldwide literacy-education community, with more than 100,000 accesses to the site each month
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