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FOUNDATION LEARNING PROJECT:

“WORKING IN THE LIGHT OF EVIDENCE, AS WELL AS ASPIRATION”

A LITERATURE REVIEW OF THE BEST AVAILABLE EVIDENCE ABOUT EFFECTIVE ADULT LITERACY, NUMERACY AND LANGUAGE TEACHING

PHASE 5 REPORT

AUCKLAND UNISERVICES LIMITED

A wholly owned company of

THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND

|Prepared for: |Prepared By: | |Ministry of Education |John Benseman | |Tertiary Education Learning Outcomes Policy Group |Alison Sutton | |45-47 Pipitea Street |Josie Lander | |PO Box 1666 | | |Wellington | | |Date: January 2005 | | Reports from Auckland UniServices Limited should only be used for the purposes for which they were commissioned. If it is proposed to use a report prepared by Auckland UniServices Limited for a different purpose or in a different context from that intended at the time of commissioning the work, then UniServices should be consulted to verify whether the report is being correctly interpreted. In particular it is requested that, where quoted, conclusions given in UniServices reports should be stated in full.

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the colleagues who were supportive and insightful during the project and whose critiques improved our work. In particular we would like to thank

• John Hattie, School of Education, The University of Auckland • Rosemary Wette, Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics, The University of Auckland • Judy Hunter, School of Social and Cultural Studies, Massey University, Albany • Kathleen Krsinich, Literacy Advisor, Manukau Institute of Technology • Heide Spruck Wrigley, Senior Research Associate, Aguirre International Ltd • Mary Jane Schmitt, Co-Principal Investigator for the Extending Mathematical Power (EMPower) project, TERC.

Our report title is used acknowledging Diana Coben’s statement (2003, p. 116) that detailed critical studies are required “before it will be possible to delineate good practice in the light of evidence rather than aspiration.” We think aspiration is still necessary alongside research evidence.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

GLOSSARY5

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY7

Project brief and background7

Methodology7

Findings8

Recommendations12

1INTRODUCTION14

1.1Background14

1.2Project brief14

1.3Using an evidence-based approach15

1.4Reading research in the light of the local context17

2PROJECT METHODOLOGY22

2.1Literature retrieval22

2.2Reviewing initial selection23

2.3Scrutiny of selected studies24

2.4Assessment instruments used to determine change26

3RESEARCH FINDINGS28

3.1Quality28

3.2Participation and retention37

3.3Features of provision42

3.4Reading56

3.5Writing67

3.6English for Speakers of Other languages (ESOLl)72

3.7Numeracy83

3.8Literacy contexts89

4CONCLUSIONS99

4.1Findings99

4.2Developing a cycle of research that informs practice and policy103

4.3Recommendations107

APPENDIX A – PROFESSOR JOHN HATTIE’S ANALYSIS OF STUDIES IN TORGERSON ET AL. (2004)108

APPENDIX B – LIST OF DATABASES AND WEB-PAGES...
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