Jean Searle


We are constantly being reminded by governments and the media that we now live in a globalised economy and in order to compete we need a highly educated workforce. In this context, literacy and numeracy skills are not only used as international benchmarks to record a nation’s
competitiveness and wellbeing, but these skills are also deemed to be fundamental to employment. A lack of, or inadequate literacy and numeracy, means to be marginalised, that is, barred from access to new forms of knowledge and new modes of thinking.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5130/lns.v15i1.2023