Meet Our Senior Researchers
R-ALLYTM senior researchers are your allies for applying research to support adult educators and learners. You can be confident that the senior researcher who answers your data questions or provides research assistance has investigated the topic thoroughly and carefully. Our senior researchers are lifelong learners, too – they have graduate university training and doctorate degrees in education research, have published their research work in scholarly journals and for major organizations/agencies, and have supervised the work of other researchers. They are also passionate about the work they do and truly care about helping you apply adult education research.
Margaret Becker Patterson, PhD
Dr. Patterson has more than 10 years of research administration experience at the state and national levels, ran a statewide research and data analysis consulting business for seven years, and has presented extensively around the country. Dr. Patterson served as director of research at GED Testing Service from 2008 to 2011. She partners with non-profit organizations, postsecondary institutions, and state agencies, applying research to support adult educators and learners. She is leading the national Adult Learner Leadership in Education Services (ALLIES) evaluation for VALUEUSA, the national organization of adult learners.
Wei Song, PhD
Dr. Song's research interests and experience include K-12, adult education, and higher education. She worked with GED Testing Service from 2006 to 2011. She was the Director for Data Management and Research and oversaw the International Database of GED Testing Service, which contains millions of testing records from all over the world. Dr. Song is also the author of a series of research reports on the economic impact of the GED credential using national data, including National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) and National Longitudinal Study of Youth (NLSY).
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