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.
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.
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.
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.
Basic internet navigation skills.
Evaluation and Observation
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.
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
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.
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
Very easy to navigate among links. Having each link open as a new window keeps the reader from getting lost in cyberspace.
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.