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Keiko Yasukawa


In recent years many of us in the field of adult literacy and numeracy have become used to grieving the loss of university based teacher development programs and centres promoting research, professional development and debates in our field. Eighteen months ago, we learnt of the closure of the Centre for Literacy in Montreal, and twelve months ago, the effective closure of the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy in the UK, both of which made major contributions to promoting and giving public access to resources, research findings and policy debates in the field of adult literacy and numeracy. Each year a few more researchers in the field ‘retire’ from their institutions, and while many are remaining active in publishing research, there is a sense of fear about who and what will be left in our field when they decide to really retire! 

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