Of cultural dissonance: the UK's adult literacy policies and the creation of democratic learning spaces

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Author: Ade-Ojo, Gordon O.; Duckworth, Vicky


The broad aim of this paper is to track the evolution of adult literacy policy in the UK across three decades, highlighting convergences between policy phases and the promotion of democratic learning spaces. It is anchored onto the argument that, although it is generally accepted that democratic learning spaces are perceived as beneficial to adult literacy learners, policy has often deterred its promotion and, therefore, implementation. The paper identifies three block phases of adult literacy development: the seventies to mid-eighties, the mid-eighties to mid-nineties and the mid...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Adult and community education; Literacy; Policy; Equity

Keywords: Policy analysis; Access to education and training; History; Human capital; Social capital

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 36

Journal number: 4

Journal date: July-August 2017

Pages: pp. 388-405

ISSN: 0260-1370, 1464-519X (online)

Statement of responsibility: Gordon Ade-Ojo and Vicky Duckworth

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 130.319

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