At the time of its publication in 2002, Research-Based Principles for Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction, by John R. Kruidenier, represented "the best information available about how adults learn to read" (p. vii). It was designed to serve educators, policymakers, and researchers in the field of adult basic education reading instruction.
Chapters 4–8 include definitions, rationales, and principles of assesment and instruction for the essential components of reading:
- Reading Assessment Profiles (p. 31)
- Alphabetics: Phonemic Awareness and Word Analysis (p. 35)
- Fluency (p. 55)
- Vocabulary (p. 67)
- Reading Comprehension (p. 77)
Research-Based Principles for Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction was produced in 2002 by The Partnership for Reading, an initiative of the National Institute for Literacy, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Three years after the book's publication, a booklet summarizing its findings was produced—see Teaching Adults to Read: A Summary of Scientifically Based Principles (2005), by Mary E. Curtis and John R. Kruidenier.