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National Research Center on English Learning & Achievement

 

Ratings

Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jun 17, 2004 by Teacher Education
Overview: The National Research Center on English Language (CELA) was first funded in 1987
by the Office of Education Research Institute (OERI) to study the teaching and
learning of Literature. In 1995 OERI expanded their support to CELA to include
research on all aspects of teaching and learning English and Language Arts. This
site focuses on current research findings; resources for professional
development, a newsletter, links to professional organizations, and presentation
materials are available.
Type of Material: This site focuses on current research findings; research reports, resources for
professional development, a newsletter, links to professional organizations, and
presentation materials are available.
Recommended Uses: Teachers, K-12,and teacher educators interested in finding the latest research
on literacy. Curriculum directors, and educational instructional leaders
interested in learning about and providing professional development on 'best
practices' in teaching and learning literacy will benefit from using this site.
Any professional involved with the issue of teaching and learning about literacy
would be well served to use this site as a basis for instructioinal planning
and decision making.
Technical Requirements: Basic internet navigation skills.
Identify Major Learning Goals: This website disseminates information on quality research findings on 'best
practices' for teaching and learning English and Language Arts. The site is
designed for teachers, K-12, instructional leaders, teacher education
professors, and policy makers.
Target Student Population: Pre-service general and special education teachers, practicing teachers, and
public school instructional leaders (curriculum directors, special education
directors). Any professional involved with the issue of teaching and learning
about literacy would be well served to use this site as a basis for
instructional planning and decision making.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic internet navigation skills. Would help to have some basic knowledge in
the areas of literacy, but this is not critical.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The commitment and single minded purpose of providing quality research on the
teaching and learning of literacy and English. The range of research including
grades K-12, gives this website validity for many levels of educators,from
primary teachers to teachers in higher education. The variety of materials from
research based through professional organizations makes this site a valuable
resource for literacy learners and teachers.

Concerns: Some articles were posted on the page but not hyperlinked so they were not
accessible. This could be discouraging to the very users the site is trying to
capture. If an article is not accessible within the site it is suggested that
the reader be given directions on how to locate the article.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: In light of providing 'highly qualified' teachers to all students, this site,
due to its quality research, serves as a teaching tool to faculty in higher
education for pre-service teachers, practicing public school teachers, and to
public school administrators for professional development.
Concerns: None noted other than the previously stated one, of not posting titles that
cannot be accessed by hyperlink unless the reader is instructed on how to ?find?
that title.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Very easy to navigate among links.
Having each link open as a new window keeps the reader from getting lost in
cyberspace.
Concerns: The format mentioned above should be kept for all pages of this website.
Sometimes closing what was believed to be a new window closed down the entire
site creating a need to reconnect to the URL. This could possibly discourage
some users from accessing the site.

Other Issues and Comments: As we all scramble to meet the criteria of the No Child Left Behind Act it is
very important for literacy professionals to have access to the latest ?research
based? findings on the best way to teach literacy. Th is site will provide one
source of finding such information.