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The goal of this project is to develop and evaluate a multiple component intervention framework to address and conduct research on struggling adult readers and their literacy learning needs. The participants in our work will be adults who read between the 3rd and 8th grade equivalency levels. We will use a comprehensive approach to assessment that weds cognitive assessment with evaluation of motivational needs and attributions about literacy learning and develop an intervention with different modules to allow tailoring to differing instructional needs in decoding and word identification, reading fluency, vocabulary, text analysis and reading comprehension, and adopt a web-based instructional adjunct to facilitate increased engagement by adult learners and greater reading experience inside and outside the classroom.

Main PI: Daphne Greenberg [Georgia State University]
PI [Subcontract]: Art Graesser [University of Memphis]
Project Name: Developing Instructional Approaches Suited to the Cognitive and Motivational Needs of Struggling Adult Learners
Dates: 2012-2018
Funding Agency: Institute of Education Sciences
Amount: $2,600,000 [Memphis allocation]