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Journal Article: The PIAAC Literacy Framework and Adult Reading Instruction: An Introduction for Adult Educators

This is an excellent article for adult educators and organized instruction. This published work is from volume one, issue one of the new ProLiteracy peer-reviewed, online research journal, Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy. This article is written by Amy R. Trawick, CALLA.

This article is excerpted (with slight adaptations) from the reports Using the PIAAC Literacy Framework to Guide Instruction: An Introduction for Adult Educators (Trawick, 2017) and Bringing Reading Instruction to Life: Supplement to the Introductory Guide (Trawick, 2018). The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) conducted an international literacy assessment for adults in 2012 and 2014, and this article describes how adult educators can use its literacy framework to frame instruction as well. Key aspects that can guide teaching and learning include a “literacy-in-use” orientation to reading, the definition for “literacy” adopted by the literacy expert group, and how PIAAC operationalized Context, Content, and Cognitive Strategies. A model of contextualized reading instruction is proposed as a way to organize reading instruction. 

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