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Beyond Economic Interests

Critical Perspectives on Adult Literacy and Numeracy in a Globalised World

2016 - 254 pages

Keiko Yasukawa (University of Technology Sydney, Australia) and Stephen Black (University of Technology Sydney, Australia) (Eds.)

ISBN Paperback: 9789463004428 ($ 43.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789463004435 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789463004442

Subject: Adult Education

Number 18 of the series: International Issues in Adult Education

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"A very interesting and stimulating book ... something for everybody, whether you are a practitioner, policy maker or researcher and I wholeheartedly recommend it." -- Research and Practice in Adult Literacies (RaPAL) 2016

Over the last two decades, an increasingly economistic discourse has dominated discussions about adult literacy and numeracy. This book provides critiques of, and alternative narratives to the dominant discourse. 

Authors provide tools and methodologies of critique, including ways of seeing how policies in the countries of focus come to be captured almost completely by the interests of business and industry, as well as how to critically interpret the data that policy makers use to justify their priorities. But adult literacy and numeracy practitioners and learners find spaces and places to pursue learning that matters for the lived experiences of adults and their communities.

Beyond Economic Interests presents the struggles and achievements of practitioners and learners that lead the readers of the book to critically appreciate that a counter narrative to the purely economistic discourse of adult literacy and numeracy is much needed, and possible.

“Against the recent emergence of the Foundation Skills Strategy and its work-based focus, the authors in this collection remind us that a one-dimensional approach only addresses part of the problem. Literacy and numeracy issues are not confined to the workplace, but are part of the social fabric that we all, regardless of background and opportunity, must navigate. Yasukawa and Black challenge us to consider that by broadening the scope of our efforts we lift all, not a few. However, changes of magnitude require a brave vision and difficult decisions. This book is a timely reminder for us to continue our efforts to include all on the journey towards better literacy and numeracy outcomes, irrespective of economic objectives.”  -- Fine Print, Vol 39 #2

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