Meetings & Other Events
Meetings & Other Events
SIG 4 and 2019 Annual Meeting


AERA 2019: Adult Literacy and Adult Education SIG Presentations

Saturday, April 6, 10:25 to 11:55
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Lower Concourse, Osgoode Ballroom

Roundtable: Adult Literacy and ESL Education

  • Adults Who Struggle With Reading: Characteristics and Intervention Studies
  • Designing Adult Literacy GED Academic Writing Pedagogy: Using Bakhtin to Learn from Tension
  • Showing Progress: Adult Literacy Students’ experiences of accountability-Driven Practice
  • Unrealized Potential: Youth Aged 16 – 24 in Turkey,

Daphne Greenberg, Georgia State University
Sasha V. Lotas, Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School
Amy Pickard, Indiana University – Bloomington
Aydin Durgunoglu, University of Minnesota – Duluth

Saturday, April 6, 12:20 to 1:50
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Lower Concourse, Osgoode Ballroom

Roundtable: Adults in Higher Education

Rebecca Brower, Florida State University; Amanda N. Nix, Florida State University; Hollie Daniels, Florida State University; Xinye Hu, Florida State University; Tamara Bertrand Jones, Florida State University; Shouping Hu, Florida State University

Kenichi Maruyama, Northern Arizona University

Adrea Gregg, The Pennsylvania State University; Davin Jules Carr-Chellman, Iniversity of Idaho; Ali Carr-Chellman, University of Idaho

Constance Iloh, University of California, Irvine

Saturday, April 6, 2:15 to 3:45
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Mezzanine Level, Cedar

Symposium: What Skills Are Key to Labor Force Success?Results from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies

Emily Pawlowski, American Institute for Research

Huacong Liu, University of Hamburg; Frank Joseph Fernandez, University of Houston

Saida Mamedova, American Institute for Research

T.Scott Murray, DataAngel Policy Research


Sunday, April 7, 8:00 to 9:30 am
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Lower Concourse, Grande Center

Roundtable: Topics in Adult Education

Kristen H. Gregory, East Carolina University; Thomas W. Bean, Old Dominion University; Tony Perez, Old Dominion University; Jamie Colwell, Old Dominion University

Wanchen Hsu, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology

Jill M. Castek, University of Arizona; Gloria E. Jacobs, Portland State University

Sunday, April 7, 7:05 to 8:35 pm
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Mezzanine Level, Cedar


Monday, April 8, 12:20 to 1:50 pm
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Mezzanine Level, Cedar

Paper Session: Teaching and Learning in Adult Literacy and ESL Education

Leah Katherine Saal, Loyola University Maryland

Emily Rose Schwab, University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Tighe, Georgia State University; Mary Fernandes, Georgia State University

Kevin M. Roeeger, University of Arkansas; Elizabeth A. Roumell, Texas A&M University – Colege Station; James Weese, University of Arkansa at Fayetteville


The 2019 AERA submission portal is now open! You have from now until July 23rd to prepare your ALAE SIG papers, posters, roundtables, or sessions/symposia for submission. The Call for Submissions contains important information about formatting and submitting proposals. 

The 2019 AERA Annual Meeting will be held Friday, April 5 – Tuesday, April 9 in Toronto. The theme is “Leveraging Education Research in a ‘Post-Truth’ Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence.” 

The portal must be used for all paper or session submissions for review consideration.

How to Submit:

1. Please review the Call for Submissions (PDF)
2. Log in
3. Click "My AERA" at the top of the page
4. Scroll down to the 2019 Annual Meeting and click "Online program portal"


Looking forward to seeing you all in Toronto.


Cecil Smith

2019 ALAE SIG Chair


M Cecil Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Learning Sciences & Human Development
609-F Allen Hall, PO Box 6122
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506-6122

304.293.2174 (O)


2017 Conference summary

  • Our SIG had five sessions at the conference.  It is worth reiterating that AERA considers the number of members in a SIG when determining how many conference sessions that SIG is allocated, so keeping our membership levels at or above the current level is important.
  • Dr. Eugenio J. González (Educational Testing Service) was the speaker at the Business meeting.  He provided an overview of the upcoming training sessions to analyze PIAAC data.  His presentation slides are on our website.   AERA 2017 Business Meeting - PIACC Presentation.pptx  
  • Dr. Elizabeth Tighe (Georgia State University) received the ALAE SIG Exemplary Paper award.  More information and a photo is also at our website. 
  • ·At the meeting, there was a brainstorming session for the members to discuss what the SIG can do moving forward.    Members shared a variety of ideas on member services, growth, collaboration, and support as summarized below.  [If you were not at the Business meeting and would like to contribute to the discussion or to provide information, please email Aydin Durgunoglu:]

a. Create a comprehensive database of common interests that researchers in our SIG have, for partnering on research projects, writing grant proposals, etc. This database would be strictly voluntary. The database could also indicate whether each person in it would like to give or receive mentoring to/from other SIG members.

b. Brainstorm ways to strengthen our presence as a SIG at AERA.

c. When we have sessions at AERA, especially paper sessions but in other formats too, they are not necessarily delivered according to adult learning principles. Sitting for hours on end listening with little discussion or interaction is not best practice in education. How could sessions become more interactive, at least in our SIG?

d. Inform the LINCS community about ALAE SIG and announce the opportunity for researchers to become members.

e. An upcoming emphasis on dual credit may need more research – how could adult education researchers get involved in / support that effort?

f. Poll our ALAE SIG members on topics they would be interested in knowing more about at next year’s conference, before the July 2017 submission deadline?

g. Identify what is drawing people to the ALAE SIG. Some may be looking for a smaller community to join, or are people who need support as new scholars. We could also consider recruiting people looking for tenure, in that service in the SIG could help them meet service requirements for tenure.

h. Share information on the PIAAC training events that ETS is planning for later this summer (when we get it).

i. Encourage people to practice reviewing papers, to help them refine their own work and writing. The deadline to volunteer as a reviewer is 6/5/17 (more below). We could sponsor a session on “how to be a reviewer” for the next business meeting. Some of us could also volunteer to share reviews from papers we wrote with others, so that those interested would see what types of feedback were offered and what we gained from the feedback.

j. Develop a mentoring program for early-career professionals

k. Reach out to individuals inviting them to join the SIG and to encourage their colleagues and students to join




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