|Grant Program:||Building Adult Skills and Attainment Through Technology Research Network|
Dr. Meredith Larson
In FY 2016, IES initiated the Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Policy and Practice grant program to focus resources and attention on education problems or issues that are high priorities for the nation and to create both a structure and process for researchers who are working on these issues to share ideas, build new knowledge, and strengthen their research and dissemination capacity. Each Network consists of several research teams working on the same issue and is coordinated by a network lead. The ultimate objective of each Network is to advance the field's understanding of a problem or issue beyond what an individual research project or team is able to do on its own, and to assist policymakers and practitioners in using this information to strengthen education policies and programs and improve student education outcomes.
The Building Adult Skills and Attainment Through Technology Research Network (Adult Skills Network) will help address the needs of millions of U.S. adults who have low basic skills or academic attainment gaps. In particular, the Adult Skills Network member teams aim to facilitate the development, evaluation, and adoption of technology-supported interventions and the digital skills and competencies adults and practitioners need to benefit fully from technologies that aim to improve the basic skills or academic attainment of adults. The Adult Skills Network includes coordinated efforts in two areas: (1) basic and applied research and (2) dissemination and leadership.
The Adult Skills Network includes five research teams and a network lead, as follows:
Adult Skills Network Lead
Teaching Skills That Matter (TSTM)–SkillBlox Research Team
Adult Numeracy in the Digital Era: Adaptive Technology for Quantitative and Digital Literacy
Writing in Adult Secondary Education Classes (W-ASE)
Adult Skills Assessment Program: Actionable Assessments for Adult Learners
Content-Integrated Language Instruction for Adults with Technology Support