In Beyond Fiction, we outlined why devoting instructional time to informational reading was as important to building literacy skills as reading fiction texts— a fact that was made all too clear in international benchmarks and national surveys which showed American adults performing abysmally on document or informational literacy. How to help adults who lack these basic skills is an important challenge that the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development examines in a new working paper. Because adults who possess strong educational foundations are more able to help their children develop into well-rounded, competent learners.
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