Volume 1, Issue A :: February 1997
What is Research?
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What is Research?
- Editor's Welcome
- Author Biographies
- A Productive Partnership
Richard J. Murnane and Bob Bickerton
Murnane and Bickerton discuss the impact of the Cameron-Heckman studya controversial study which compares the employment rates of male GED graduates with male high school graduates and raises questions about the value of the GED credential.
Research on the Last Frontier
Karen Backlund with Kathy Bond
Kathy Bond puts research on math anxiety into practice in Fairbanks, Alaska.
- Understanding Quantitative
Research about Adult Literacy
Tom Valentine defines and helps clarify the world of quantitative research methodology and procedures.
- An Odyssey for an Answer
By reading, attending conferences, and testing out what she found, Grace Temple found answers to the question: Why can't he learn?
- Research with Words:
Glynda Hull examines the nature of qualitative research and how it can inspire teachers to action -- to teach better, to imagine more helpful research and to do whatever is possible to make our classrooms and institutions more responsive.
- Finding Out for Myself
Dissatisfied with what she found in the literature on family literacy, Eileen Barry decided to do research within her own classroom.
- On Reading Teacher
Susan L. Lytle
Susan Lytle writes about her experiences with reading teacher research and discusses how a majority of teacher research, in some way or another, shares a common purposeto improve practice and thus, students' learning and life chances.
- Knowing, Learning, Doing:
Participatory Action Research
Juliet Merrifield discusses the advantages and disadvantages of Participatory Action Research (PAR) to traditional research, and gives examples of how PAR has been put into action.
- The New Center for Adult
Learning and Literacy
John Comings and Cristine Smith
John Comings, Director of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL), and Cristine Smith, Coordinator of NCSALL, give an overview of the Center and its proposed agenda for the next few years.
A list of suggested reading on the topics covered in this issue.
- Editorial Board
A listing of the Editorial Board members for the February 1997 issue and information on how to serve on the Editorial Board for future issues.