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Does research evidence affect policy and practice?

Hello Colleagues,

In the LINCS CoP English Language Acquisition group Paul Rogers has asked, "if there were evidence / research to prove that using smart phones etc. could enhance learning, then what? Would teachers and administrators change their policies?" This question deserves a discussion thread of its own, so here it is. Please join in.

Motivating Adult Learners

Hi everyone,

I was recently in Florida at a conference and we were discussion this topic, and I’m taking this opportunity to follow-up here with a broader audience.

The research on motivating adult learners notes that there are three main areas that comprise a platform for motivation (or lack thereof).  These areas are:

Citing Research

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Update On GED® Graduate Research and Outcomes

By Martin Kehe, VP of Assessment Services at GED Testing Service. Kehe oversees the creation of the GED® test and the professional development training and resources for GED® educators. The following is a portion of his recent column on the InSession blog

Special Issue: Call for Journal Articles

Hello all,

I just wanted to reiterate the announcement that the Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education is seeking submissions for a special issue on numeracy. Dr. Lynda Ginsburg, Senior Research Associate, Center for Math, Science and Computer Education at Rutgers University will be the Special Issue Guest Editor.

Good Jobs Are Back: College Graduates First in Line (What do you think?)

Dear Colleagues:

Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce just release a new study last Friday:

Good Jobs Are Back:  College Graduates First in Line

OER and Adult Education - Practitioner Interview?

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Research results in promising new approach for Autism

Hi all,

New research using a mouse model and involving the old drug, Suramin (previously used to treat the parasitic disease called African sleeping sickness), studied the possible reversal of symptoms from autism.  Researchers report that the drug effectively restored typical communication between cells in mice who had a human equivalent age of 30 and led the once-reclusive animals to seek out unfamiliar mice and explore new parts of their surroundings.

Tags: research, autism

Inside the adult ADHD brain

Hi group users,

This article is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology written by Anne Trafton,

About 11% of school-age children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  While many of these children eventually “outgrow” the disorder, some carry their difficulties into adulthood: About 10 million American adults are currently diagnosed with ADHD.


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