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Adolescent Literacy Research Network
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Research Solicitation

In response to the clear need for both basic and intervention research on the development of higher-level literacy and on reading and writing disabilities during adolescence, the NICHD, OVAE, and OSERS published a research solicitation (HD-02-013, Research in Adolescent Literacy) in the fall of 2002 that encompasses all components of reading, and included interventions in grades 4-12. The focus of the research solicited through this Request for Applications can be summarized in two complex, overarching questions:

  1. What characterizes adolescent readers and adolescent striving readers? That is, what are the characteristics of these students, their environments, the contexts in which they receive instruction, and the nature of that instruction with regard to reading and writing during adolescence? What characterizes these students at different developmental levels of literacy? What are the interactions and the reciprocal relationships among these factors?

  2. How do the factors that affect the development of literacy change over time? Specifically, how do the characteristics of students, their environments, the contexts in which they receive instruction, and the nature of that instruction with regard to reading and writing during adolescence change and develop over the course of adolescence? This is not a passive model of change. How do adolescents navigate and work through the transitions from one level to the next within adolescence? What resources do they access, what literacy practices do they engage in on their own, and what factors affect, mediate, or moderate change?

As a result of this research solicitation, in the fall of 2003, the funding partners are supporting five multidisciplinary research projects (R01) that will be the basis of an Adolescent Literacy Research Network. This Network will be enlarged through additional investigator-initiated grant applications over the next two years.


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