1. MTLINCS Research Item #8: Multiple Intelligences
Participants of the Leadership Academy discussed several research items the last time they met. They will soon be surveying your interests in research studies. Here's just a snippet from one such research study:
"It's not how smart you are, but how you are smart."
Dr. Howard Gardner
The February 2001 Adult Multiple Intelligences Study sponsored by NCSALL was the first systematic application of multiple intelligences (MT) theory to adult literacy education. The Adult Multiple Intelligences Study says:
Multiple Intelligences and Adult Literacy, http://store.tcpress.com/0807743461.shtml
Students whose instructors utilized the Multiple Intelligences theory took more control over their learning, were more engaged in classroom activities that used authentic materials, and, in some cases, attended class more regularly.
MI reflection enhanced students' perceptions of their abilities.
Program Administrators' Sourcebook, A Resource on NCSALL's Research for Adult Education Program Administrators, NCSALL, December 2005, p.21. http://www.ncsall.net/?id=1039
2. Learning Preferences in Orientation
Check out what Renee Bentham, Missoula ABLE Director, and her staff have put together for Missoula's new student orientation. Great ideas! MTLINCS has posted Renee's presentation in two different formats. Thanks for sharing, Renee!
Making Learning Work for You
Goal Setting (Student Handout)
Learning Styles and Ways to Support Them (Student Handout)
3. Responses and Questions to MTLINCS Research Item #7: Distance Learning and Literacy
More of your Montana colleagues have responded to the following question: Should you consider reading level of the online learner?
Click here to check out their responses and questions about the Distance Learning Project. Click here to send a response to MTLINCS to help out your friends!
4. Summary from January ABLE Directors' Meeting
How exciting for ABLE to have access to a summary from the Montana ABLE Directors' Meeting! Check out goals for 2009 and the results from the new funding formula devised by a cadre of ABLE Directors! Excellent work!
5. Montana Distance Learning Protocol Guide
Click below to access the Montana Distance Learning Protocol Guide.
6. GED Math CD
Coming soon to an ABLE program near you! Stay tuned for more information on MTLINCS!
7. Discussion about Strategies for Addressing Transitions in Adult Basic Education
Click here to register for the Assessment Discussion List, http://www.nifl.gov/mailman/listinfo/Assessment or click here to read all of the postings.
Guest Panel Discussion on the Assessment Discussion List begins February 2 though 6, 2009.
Strategies for Addressing Transitions in Adult Basic Education
- Forrest Chisman, Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CA
Chief Examiner, GED State Commonwealthof MA
Wendy Quinones, , Community Learning Center Cambridge, MA
Transition Network, National College Boston, MA
Transitioning adult students through the stages of their educational experience is a challenging process. In today’s society in particular, successful transition from adult literacy classes to community college and beyond, and on to the workforce, can mean the difference between achieving one’s potential and struggling to get by. Needless to say, for service providers, it’s clear that we must focus attention on the process of successful transition from one education program to another.
This discussion focuses on several different efforts to address the thorny issues of transitions – ABE and ESOL students to GED, GED to post-secondary and/or job training. While we will concentrate on assessment-related issues such as measuring application and transfer of skills, we welcome discussing issues in general that affect, or are affected by, transitions.
Collaboration among service providers is one such area that greatly affects the success or not of a transitions process. In his research on transitions, Forrest Chisman discovered how one community college worked toward better understanding and collaboration among ESL and ABE/ASE faculty; see the case study on
listed below. Yakima Valley Community College
As a college placement test, the ACCUPLACER has its plusses and minuses. Massachusetts Chief GED Examiner Tom Mechem has pinpointed that the correlations between the GED and the ACCUPLACER math scores are dubious at best, and that the tests’ purposes seem to be at odds. To address this issue, Tom is developing a curriculum that can be used with both the GED and the ACCUPLACER. See his story below.
The National College Transition Network (NCTN) brings together the various efforts of educators, professional development providers, policy makers, and researchers concerned with effective college transitions to postsecondary education for GED, ASE, and ESOL graduates and other non-traditional learners (from the website, URL below). Cynthia Zafft’s work with NCTN led her to identify five models of college transition programs, which are outlined in the NCSALL Occasional Paper Transitioning adults to college: Adult Basic Education program models (URL below). Cynthia will discuss these program models with us.
Wendy Quinones will give us an overview of the transitions program she is involved in at the
in Community Learning Center . She has noted the often striking differences between ESOL and ABE students in terms of their strengths and weaknesses, and suggests some resources that have helped her navigate these turbulent waters, such as the Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles website (URL below). In addition, Wendy notes the following observations from John Strucker’s work on patterns of reading (from What Silent Reading Tests Alone Can't Tell You: Two Case Studies in Adult Reading Differences; URL below): Cambridge, Massachusetts
Native speakers tended to have relatively stronger "meaning-based skills" as compared to "print-based skills," while non-native speakers exhibited the opposite pattern. Chall (1991) reported similar findings.
Many second-language speakers in ABE classes had surprisingly low levels of oral vocabulary in English (GE 2 to GE 4), despite their fluent levels of conversational English. Similarly low levels of oral vocabulary occurred among some inner-city young adults who were native speakers.
Recommended preparations for this discussion:
Torchlights in ESL:
Profiles Five Community College
for description of how the ESL and ABE/ASE faculty collaborate See Yakima Valley Community College
GED and ACCUPLACER by Tom Mechem
Transition Network National College
Zafft, C., Kallenbach, S., & Spohn, J. (2006).
Transitioning adults to college: Adult Basic Education program models.
: Cambridge, MA for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy. National Center
Assessment Strategies and
Profiles (ASRP) Reading
Strucker, John. (May 1997).
Tests Alone Can't Tell You: Two Case Studies in Adult Reading Differences. Reading
Focus on Basics, Volume 2, Issue A.
: Cambridge, MA for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy. National Center
Resources of interest:
Challenges in Assessing for Post-Secondary Readiness
Transitions: Linkages between Adult Education
and Community Colleges
Multiple resources from CAAL (Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy)
Transitions to Post-Secondary Education
8. ESL Software
Interesting discussion on Adult English Language Learners Discussion List regarding esl software. Click here to read through all of the postings, http://www.nifl.gov/pipermail/englishlanguage/2009/date.html
Here are some sample sites.
Easy ESL software (not online but similar to USALearns)
9. MPAEA Conference
The Tuscany has extended the deadline to book hotel rooms at the special conference rate from January 30 to February 20. Many airlines announced sales in January, good for travel through March. The Conference is still a great deal at $395 (full conference) and $60 for pre-conference sessions. Go to http://www.mpaea.org/ for more infomation.
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