Performance Level 2

Learn Through Research.

How adults at Level 2 Learn Through Research:
  • Pose a question to be answered or make a prediction about objects or events.
  • Use multiple lines of inquiry to collect information.
  • Organize, evaluate, and analyze findings.
  • Interpret and communicate findings.

Level 2 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies

Adults performing at Level 2 can:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research as a process of gathering and making sense of information in order to meet a specified purpose, and pose a question or make a prediction that can be adequately researched using a range of resources
  • Identify several familiar and some less familiar sources of information, and gather a small store of information from each, using multiple strategies such as drawing on prior/"working" content knowledge; asking a number of initial and follow-up questions; using internet search engines and navigating some fairly simple Web sites; listening to spoken or recorded input of others; interpreting simple charts and graphs; reading some longer or multi-part texts (magazine and newspaper articles, books); taking notes; and adjusting reading strategies and using a range of textual aids (table of contents, index, skimming chapter titles and bold headings) and context to support text comprehension
  • Restate, paraphrase and summarize information from several sources; evaluate its relevance and usefulness to the research question through such strategies as comparison/contrast and drawing simple analogies; and integrate relevant information with prior knowledge
  • Use a range of simple strategies to monitor effectiveness of inquiry process such as interim summary and evaluation of findings, solicitation of external "expert" review, and some prediction based on recognition of patterns in data; and adjust approach as necessary based on feedback
  • Communicate findings related to the research question through accurate oral or written summaries or presentations with visual displays

Show Fluency, Independence, and Ability to Perform in a Range of Settings

Adults performing at Level 2 can Learn Through Research with focus, relative comfort and little difficulty, and supported by limited (mostly initial) guidance and direction, to accomplish fairly well defined and structured tasks that include multiple steps and require prediction or judgment, in a range of familiar and some less familiar settings

Level 2 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 2 can Learn Through Research to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Find out what individuals can do to reduce global warming
  • Gather information at a Community College Job Fair about local employment and training opportunities
  • Determine what items to include in a family first aid kit
  • Find an automobile that best fits one's needs and costs no more than $3000
  • Compile information about a particular job and decide whether or not to apply for it
  • Develop options for further education/training after completion of an ESOL program

To see a Word version of the performance continuum, click here.

Next -->