Literacy & Numeracy Studies Volume 15 No 2 Editorial

Alison Lee


This issue of Literacy and Numeracy Studies takes up two major themes shaping the landscape of research and practice in adult literacy. The first of these is the more recent of the two: the intersections between literacy and professional and workplace practice. The second is perhaps a more sustained and enduring concern in the field with the relationship of literacy to context, place and culture. In this sense, this issue of the journal is an expression of the reach and diversity of concerns with literacy in ‘social participation, the utilisation of social resources and the quality of life’ (Green, Lo Bianco and Wyn, this volume) and carries forward critical debates for the field across the span of practice from the workplace, to the classroom to the community.

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McCormack, Rob (1991) Framing the Field: Adult Literacies and the Future, in Christie, F, (ed) Teaching Critical Social Literacy, Report of the Project of National Significance in the Pre-service Preparation for Teachers of English Literacy, Canberra, Department of Employment, Education and Training, pp 224-256.



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