(3) An information processing view of learning that emphasizes the active, constructive nature of cognitive development (including literacy) in social contexts .
Part I: Assessing Adult Literacy Skills. Part I of the Compendium summarizes major military and civilian assessments of adult "intelligence," "aptitude," and "literacy." Numerous items are presented, many with commentary to clarify the item's meaning or to relate the item to other information. Assessments reviewed include the following.
Part II: Special Topics. This part of the Compendium summarizes studies of the assessment of listening and reading skills of adults, the intergenerational transfer of literacy from adults to their children, and relationships of literacy to occupations and to job performance.
Part III: Testing of Adult Literacy Development in Education Programs. Data on changes in literacy skills in adult literacy programs in California, Illinois, and New York are presented. Reading gain score data are also presented for a variety of adult literacy programs from around the nation. Finally, rare data are presented on the longitudinal changes in adults' literacy skills as a function of participation in literacy programs for up to three years.
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