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The goal of this center grant is to conduct research on struggling adult readers who read between the 3rd and 8th grade equivalency levels. We develop and evaluate a multiple component intervention to improve basic reading skills and comprehension strategies.  There is also a comprehensive assessment of cognitive, motivational, and other psychological characteristics of the adults.  The Memphis team is developing a system on the web with conversational agents (AutoTutor).  AutoTutor trains adults on dozens of comprehension strategies that target words, the explicit text base, the situation model, and rhetorical structures of narrative, persuasion, and informational texts.  AutoTutor has been tested on 250 adults in Atlanta and Toronto.    

Main PI: Daphne Greenberg [Georgia State University]
PI [Subcontract]: Art Graesser [University of Memphis]
co-PI's in Memphis: Zhiqiang Cai, Xiangen Hu, and Andrew Olney
co-PI's at other institutions: Lee Branum-Martin (GSU), Jan Frijters (Brock University),  Maureen Lovett (University of Toronto) 
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]