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As funds are available, the Center supports research on strategies for working with adult learners. Research projects are future-focused in ways adults learn, develop the capacity to think globally, engage with their communities and use technology to advance learning in higher education, workplace settings and community organizations.


The Research Committe solicits, assesses and selects projects for $1,200 awards. Recipients present results at an annual conference. Past awards include:

Michelle Navarre Cleary, with Polly Hoover, Suzanne Sanders-Betzold, Peggy St. John. 
DePaul University SNL, with Wilbur Wright College, Chicago, IL 
Using Wikis to Improve Adult Student Persistence by Building Community and Improving Academic Writing Skills.

Christopher Worthman 
DePaul University, School of Education, Chicago, IL 
Writing to Our Strengths: Social Engagement and Writing Development in an Adult ESL Classroom.

Marianne Reiff 
Lesley University, Cambridge, MA 
"Show Me the Learning" Assessing an Adult Learning DVD.

Helen Rosenberg 
University of Wisconsin-Parkside Kenosha, WI 
Enhancing learning through community engagement: Understanding challenges for adult learners.

Pamela S. Buchanan 
University of Mobile Mobile, AL 
Effects of Analogy-Enhanced Instruction on Performance and Motivation of Adult College Students 

Roxanne Eubank 
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 
Adult Student Engagement