ALE Research Journal

Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy


Adult Literacy Education (ALE) is an online, peer-reviewed, themed research journal published by ProLiteracy twice a year. The editors are Alisa Belzer, Rutgers University, Amy D. Rose, Northern Illinois University, and Heather Brown, University of North Carolina – Charlotte.

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ALE Research Journal, Fall 2021 Research Articles
  • Shifting the Gaze: From the Numerate Individual to Their Numerate Environment
    Jeff Evans, Middlesex University; Keiko Yasukawa, University of Technology; Sydney David Mallows, UCL Institute of Education; Jana Kubascikova, HM Revenue & Customs
  • Participation and Independence with Low Literacy: Selected Findings of the LEO 2018 Survey on Low Literacy in Germany
    Klaus Buddeberg, Gregor Dutz, Lisanne Heilmann, Christopher Stammer, and Anke Grotlüschen, Hamburg University
  • Report from the Field
  • Teaching Writing to Adult Literacy Students from Harlem and the Bronx
    David Pugh, New York State TASC Program
  • Viewpoint
  • "Naming the Elephant": Literacy Classism, Human Rights and the Need for a New Conversation.
    B. Allan Quigley, St. Francis Xavier University
  • Resource Digest
  • Using Data in Practice: What Does It Look Like and What Does It Take?
    Stephanie Cronen, American Institutes for Research; GeMar Neloms, American Institutes for Research
  • Book Review
  • Review of Teaching Adult Immigrants with Limited Formal Education: Theory, Research and Practice
    Aydın Yücesan Durgunoğlu, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Resource Review
  • Review of Teaching the Skills That Matter
    Kathy Olesen-Tracey, Illinois Community College Board
  • Technology Solutions for Adult Basic Skills Challenges
  • Digital Navigation Services
    David J. Rosen, Newsome Associates


ALE Research Journal, Summer 2021 Research Articles
  • Metaphors of Reading and Teaching Reading: Adult and College Educators’ Readerly and Teacherly Identities
    Donita Shaw, Oklahoma State University; Sonya L. Armstrong, Texas State University; Adam J. Alejandro, Texas State University; Shelley Martin-Young, Oklahoma State University; Abby Weyen, Oklahoma State University
  • Probing the Interface Between Learning Theory and Practice in Adult Basic Education
    George Demetrion, Capital Community College and 1199 New England Training and Upgrading Fund
  • Reflections from Teaching Basic Adult Literacy
    Inga Einarson, The Hospital for Sick Children; Christine Miller, Georgia State University; Devi Rodgerson, The Hospital for Sick Children; Lea Lacerenza, The Hospital for Sick Children; Maureen W. Lovett, The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto; Daphne Greenberg, Georgia State University
  • Forum: COVID-19 and the Future of Adult Education
  • Part 1 – Adult Education: A State Director’s Perspective Where Are We Now? Where Are We Headed?
    Trenia Miles, State Director, Division of Workforce Services, Adult Education Section, Arkansas
  • Part 2 – The COVID-19 Pandemic from an Adult Literacy Practitioner-Scholar Perspective: Where We Were, Where We Are, and Where We Should Be Going
    Sasha V. Lotas, Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School
  • Part 3 – Adult Education - Facing the Future
    Judy Mortrude, World Education, Inc.
  • Resource Digest
  • Risk Literacy: What Can Adult Literacy Education Learn from the Decision Sciences?  
    Leah Katherine Saal, Loyola University Maryland
  • Review of Writing on the Move: Migrant Women and the Value of Literacy  
    Janet Isserlis, Adult Literacy Practitioner, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Resource Review
  • Review of Teaching Effectively with Zoom: A Practical Guide to Engage Your Students and Help Them Learn
    Rebecca Eller-Molitas, Elgin Community College
  • Technology Solutions for Adult Basic Skills Challenges
  • BlendFlex and HyFlex Models to Increase Student Engagement and Retention
    David J. Rosen, Newsome Associates


ALE Research Journal, Spring 2021 Research Articles
  • A Portrait of the Adult Learner: Pluralistic Interpretations of Literacy Learning Outcomes Over the Years
    Maurice Taylor and David Trumpower, University of Ottawa
  • Examining the Impact of Workplace Literacy Programs on the Structure of Social Networks: A Study of Low-Income Somali Refugee Workers
    Angela U. Nwude and Anna Zajicek, University of Arkansas
  • Improving the Comprehension and Vocabulary Skills of English Language Learners With Content Integrated Language Instruction for Adults
    Aydin Yücesan Durgunoglu, University of Minnesota Duluth; Anurag Sagar, IHM Center for Literacy; Katherine E. Fagan, Center for Literacy (retired); Amy Brueck, Sanata Dharma University
  • Report From The Field
  • Adult Educators Adopting Technology in Their Classrooms Through Innovation, Collaboration, and Inquiry
    Jennifer Kobrin, University of Pennsylvania; Peta-Gaye Nicole Bullock, PowerCorpsPHL; Jillian Gierke, Garces Foundation; Charlie Heil, HIAS PA
  • Forum: Serving Learners with Barriers
  • There Are No Hard-to-Serve, Only Ill-Served Ones
    Erik Jacobson, Montclair State University
  • Response to There Are No Hard-to-Serve, Only Ill-Served Ones by Erik Jacobson, Montclair State University
    Joni Schwartz, City University of New York, LaGuardia Community College
  • A Pragmatic Look at Hard-to-Serve and Ill-Served
    Jeff Zacharakis, Kansas State University
  • Resource Review
  • Preparing Adult English Language Learners to Write for College and the Workplace  
    Reviewed by Charles A. MacArthur, University of Delaware
  • Learning in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide  
    Reviewed by Margaret Becker Patterson, Research Allies for Lifelong Learning
  • Research Digest
  • Where Do We Go Now? Adult and Workforce Education Policy Post-2020
    Elizabeth A. Roumell, Texas A&M University
  • Technology Solutions for Adult Basic Skills Challenges
  • Using Technology to Help Students Set, Monitor, and Achieve Goals
    Anthony Burik, Outreach and Technical Assistance Network


ALE Research Journal, Fall 2020 Research Articles
  • The Lessons of the Churn: Adult Basic Education and Disciplining the Adult Learner
    Erik Jacobson, Montclair State University
  • A Framework for Capacity Building in Adult and Workforce Education Programming
    Elizabeth A. Roumell, Texas A&M University; Corina Todoran, Loyola University New Orleans; Florin D. Salajan, North Dakota State University
  • Report From The Field
  • Hawa Learns to Write: Strategies for Handwriting Instruction
    Dana Downs-Kuritz, Don Bosco School for Adults
  • Forum: Building a Better Adult Basic Skills Development System
  • Ten Actions to Build an Adult Basic Skills Development System That Is More Inclusive, Relevant, Efficient, and Sustained
    Paul J. Jurmo, Independent Consultant, Basic Skills for Development
  • Response to Paul J. Jurmo
    Esther Prins, Pennsylvania State University
  • Response to Paul J. Jurmo
    Art Ellison, Former N.H. State Director of Adult Education, Member of the N.H. House Education Committee
  • Resource Review
  • Narratives of Adult English Learners and Teachers: Practical Applications 
    Reviewed by Susan Finn Miller, Lancaster Lebanon IU13 Community Education
  • Technology Solutions for Adult Basic Skills Challenges
  • Engaging Technology
    David J. Rosen, Newsome Associates


ALE Research Journal - Spring 2020
    Research Articles
  • Credibility, Relevance, and Policy Impact in the Evaluation of Adult Basic Skills Programs: The Case of the New Opportunities Initiative in Portugal
    J. D. Carpentieri, David Mallows, and José Pedro Amorim
  • PIAAC Numeracy Skills and Home Use Among Adult English Learners
    Margaret Becker Patterson
  • Viewpoint Article
  • All Together Now: Supporting Immigrants and Refugees Through Collaboration
    Jen Vanek, Heide Spruck Wrigley, Erik Jacobson, and Janet Isserlis
  • Forum: Broadening the Lens on Adult Literacy Education Outcomes
  • A Lifelong and Life-Wide Framework for Adult Literacy Education
    Stephen Reder
  • Examining the Role of Federal Adult Education Funding in Adult Literacy Education
    Judy Mortrude
  • Toward a Vision of Movement Building in Adult Literacy Education
    Ira Yankwitt
  • Resource Review
  • Turning Points: Recent Trends in Adult Basic Literacy, Numeracy, and Language Education
    Reviewed by Elisabeth Gee
  • Research Digest
  • Are Transitions a Sufficient Goal for ABE Students or Programs?
    Bob Hughes and Christine Knighton
  • Technology Solutions for Adult Basic Skills Challenges
  • Assessing and Teaching Adult Learners’ Basic and Advanced 21st Century Digital Literacy Skills
    David J. Rosen, Newsome Associates


ALE Research Journal v01i01
  • Health Insurance Literacy and Low Wage Earners: Why Reading Matters
    Iris Feinberg, Georgia State University; Daphne Greenberg, Georgia State University; Elizabeth L. Tighe, Georgia State University; and Michelle Mavreles Ogrodnick, Georgia State University 
  • Journeys of Transcultural Literacies: Working Toward Transformative Learning in Adult Literacy Education
    Karen Magro, The University of Winnipeg
  • The PIAAC Numeracy Framework: A Guide to Instruction
    Donna Curry, Center for Adult Numeracy, TERC
  • Why White Instructors Should Explore Their White Racial Identity
    Stephen D. Brookfield, University of St. Thomas
  • “Race”ing White Instructors: Beyond the Black-White Binary
    Edith Gnanadass, University of Memphis
  • Response to Stephen D. Brookfield's Why White Instructors Should Explore Their White Racial Identity
    Shantih E. Clemans, SUNY Empire State College
  • Response to Edith Gnanadass and Shantih E. Clemans
    Stephen D. Brookfield, University of St. Thomas
  • Review of Foundations of Adult and Continuing Education
    Cristine Smith, University of Massachusetts
  • Review of The Open Door Collective: The Workforce Basic Skills Resources Collection
    Johan E. Uvin, Institute for Educational Leadership
  • Cultivating Creativity in Adult Literacy Education Settings
    Dominique T. Chlup, Inspiring the Creative Within®, LLC 
  • Blended Learning Program Development
    David J. Rosen, Newsome Associates


ALE Research Journal v01i01
  • Adult Literacy Teachers’ Perspectives on Reading Difficulties and the Origins of These Perspective 
    Elaine Chapman,The University of Western Australia Janet McHardy
  • Linking Root Words and Derived Forms for Adult Struggling Readers: A Pilot Study
    Susan H. Gray, Bridgewater State University
  • The PIAAC Literacy Framework and Adult Reading Instruction: An Introduction for Adult Educators
    Amy R. Trawick, CALLA
  • Immigrants Learning English in a Time of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment
    Clarena Larrotta, Texas State University
  • How Policy Changes Affect Local Immigrant Learners
    Susan Finn Miller
  • Showing Up for Immigrant Learners (and Each Other)
    Andy Nash, World Education, Inc.
  • Review of The Mayor of Moultrie Avenue
    Christine Miller, Georgia State University
  • Fostering Transformative Learning in Educational Settings
    Lisa M. Baumgartner, Texas A&M University
  • The CrowdED Learning Solution
    David J. Rosen, Newsome Associates