Investigating Adult Literacy Programs through Community Engagement Research: A Case Study

Jaclyn Michelle Wells


This article presents findings from a case study of an adult literacy program. The author conducted this IRB-approved study as part of a three-year, research-based community engagement project that partnered the literacy program with a writing center at a large public university. The author argues that the participatory methods afforded by community engagement research can allow researchers to achieve insight into particular programs while contributing to local literacy. The author also argues that understanding the characteristics of particular programs can contribute to knowledge of the field of adult literacy education and help collaborators develop engagement projects that support adult literacy.

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Publication of the Community Literacy Journal is made possible through the generous support of the English Department and the Writing and Rhetoric Program at Florida International University. The CLJ is a journal of the Conference on Community Writing.