What research has been/ is being undertaken in adult literacy and numeracy and by whom and why: internationally and locally?

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Lesley Farrell


In September 2013, the Australian Council for Adult Literacy held a forum in Sydney on the topic of Promoting Research in Adult Literacy and Numeracy. The keynote speakers were asked to offer material to generate discussion later in the day. The following is the thought-provoking contribution from Professor Lesley Farrell, one of the founding editors of Open Letter, the precursor to Literacy and Numeracy Studies.

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Lesley Farrell, University of Melbourne

Lesley Farrell is Professor of Education at the University of Melbourne and previously Professor and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her research focusses on language, literacy and social change especially in relation to global workforce education.