Fall Institute 2011: Guest Experts





Egil Gabrielson is currently vice rector at the University of Stavanger. An acknowledged expert in the field of literacy, he has been an educational and psychological consultant in Oslo, assistant professor in education and special education, chairman of the Association for Teacher Education, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor at the Center for Reading Research/National Centre for Reading Education and Reading Research at the University of Stavanger. Egil was the Norwegian Study Manager for the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) and the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL). He is currently a member of the Literacy Expert Group in the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).



Ron Pugsley - Since retiring as the National Director of the Division of Adult Education and Literacy, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), US Department of Education, Ron Pugsley has been an education consultant at RP Associates, Bethesda, MD. His professional experience in the Department of Education includes: acting as the National Director for Adult Education and Literacy at the Department; Chief of the State Administration Branch; and Chief of the Accreditation Policy Unit, Eligibility and Accreditation Staff. In his work at the OVAE, Ron developed several national initiatives to increase access to literacy services and strengthen the quality of programs delivery in the US and internationally: He orchestrated development of a national technology lab (TECH21, 2002) and support for pilot IT initiatives in South Africa, Ghana, and India (ILI, 2003). For the US, he lead the design and implementation of the National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS), and initiated development of model national standards for determining program effectiveness in adult education (1995-1998)



Stephen Reder is University Professor of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University. His entire teaching and research career and service activities have related to literacy and language issues in education, work and community settings, with a focus on adult literacy and second language development. He has been the Principal Investigator of two recently-completed major projects in adult education: the National Labsite for Adult ESOL and the Longitudinal Study of Adult Learning (LSAL). A new project is applying findings from these projects to design an innovative learning support system called the Learner Web. Steve has written widely about adult literacy and language research and its implications for education and training programs. He recently co-edited Tracking Adult Literacy and Numeracy: Longitudinal Studies in Adult Education.



Kjell Rubenson had the first chair in adult education in Sweden and was the Dean of Education at Linkoping University in Sweden before coming to Canada where he is a professor of education at the University of British Columbia and co-director of the Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training. He has supervised several large national and international research projects on structures, polices and outcomes of adult education and lifelong learning. He is the founding president of the European Society for the Study of Education of Adults. For OECD, Kjell was responsible for a review of National Reviews of Educational Policies on lifelong learning and has been involved in the IALS, ALL, and PIAAC projects. At the European Commission, he was a member of the scientific advisory board of EURYDICE.



Andreas Schleicher is head of the Indicators and Analysis Division of the Directorate for Education, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). His responsibilities include directing the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and steering the development of new projects such as the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).  At the OECD, Andreas Schleicher has also held the posts of Deputy Head of the Statistics and Indicators Division in the former Directorate for Education, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (1997-2002) and Project Manager in the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) (1994-1996). Before joining the OECD, he served as Director for Analysis at the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) within the Institute for Educational Research in the Netherlands (1993-1994) and International Co-ordinator for the IEA Reading Literacy Study, at the University of Hamburg, Germany (1989-1992).  He has presented and written widely on contexts and rationale for international assessments [From http://www.oecd.org/document/22/0,3746,en_2649_39263238_21684438_1_1_1_1,00.html]


Schleicher, A. (2008), PIAAC, “A new strategy for assessing adult competencies”, International Review of Education, DOI 10.1007/s11159-008-9105-0, retrieved August 10, 2011, from www.oecd.org/dataoecd/48/5/41529787.pdf



Sue Southwood is Programme Director for Literacy, Language and Numeracy at NIACE (UK).  She has had extensive experience in workplace basic skills education having been Learning Zone Manager at Transport for London, Curriculum Manager at City and Islington College, Off Line Manager at Ford Motor Company.  She has been involved with recent research on the outcomes of ten years of funding for Skills for Life on numeracy performance in the UK.



Dr. John Strucker is a researcher and consultant in adult literacy and teacher education with World Education, Inc. in Boston. From 1996-2007, he served as a Research Associate at the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) and Lecturer in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he taught a laboratory practicum course, "Developing Reading in Adults and Older Adolescents." He has served as a consultant for the US ED Office of Vocational and Adult Education, the National Institute for Literacy, the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), UNESCO, Statistics Canada, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Prior to his appointment at Harvard, Strucker worked for elevent years as an adult literacy and ESL teacher. He received his AB, EdM, and EdD degrees from Harvard University [From ell-u.org   (http://www.ell-u.org/faculty/faculty_directory/  National Adult English Language Learning Professional Development Network]



John Vorhaus is Research Director at the UK National Research and Development Centre for adult literacy and numeracy (NRDC) and former Director of the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning (WBL). He has directed numerous projects on adult literacy, language and numeracy, many focused on teaching and learning practices, and on disadvantaged groups, as well as on the personal and social benefits of learning in relation to individuals, families and communities. John is currently directing a national longitudinal study on the impact of literacy and numeracy levels on the operational effectiveness of personnel of the UK Armed Forces.



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