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Adult Literacy, Numeracy And Language / Edition 1

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Adult Literacy, Numeracy And Language / Edition 1

This book explores the social practice of literacy, numeracy and language and its implications for teaching and learning adult basic skills. Leading international experts argue that literacy, numeracy and language are more than just a set of skills or techniques, but are shaped by the social and cultural context within which they are taking place; the meanings they have for users; and the purposes they serve. This shifts the focus from a narrow, functional and externally imposed definition of literacy, numeracy and language learning, to more open and numerous definitions that focus on what people do with their knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of contexts.

Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Language shows how the social practice approach to learning and teaching can be used to develop more inclusive views of adult literacy, numeracy and language. Bringing together the views of researchers, policy makers and practitioners, it helps readers to develop an understanding of contemporary policy developments and encourages them to examine their own practice as adult basic education teachers, in order to respond more effectively to the needs of their students. This book is a valuable resource for practitioners, researchers and students on courses in adult and continuing education (particularly basic skills), postgraduate students, and researchers in the field of post-compulsory education.

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ISBN-13: 9780335219377
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2006
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 0.44(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Stephen Reder     vii
Contributors     xi
Dedication and acknowledgements     xiv
Abbreviations     xv
Introduction: Social Practice of Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Language   Mary Hamilton   Yvonne Hillier   Lyn Tett     1
Literacies as Situated Social Practice
Significance of a Social Practice View of Language, Literacy and Numeracy   David Barton     21
How Could a Socio-cultural Approach to Literacy, Language and Numeracy Inform Policy?   Ursula Howard     31
Adult Literacies and Social Inclusion: Practice, Research and Policy in Scotland   Lyn Tett     42
Literacy, Language and Multilingualism
Aligning Socio-cultural and Critical Approaches to Multilingual Literacy Research   Elsa Auerbach     55
Language, Literacy and Bilingualism: Connecting Theory, Policy and Practice   Celia Roberts     67
Literacy, Language and Bilingualism   Mahendra Verma     77
The Politics of Numbers
Power of Numbers: Research Agendas in a Number-saturated World   Mike Baynham     87
Social-Cultural Approach to Adult Numeracy: Issues for Policy and Practice   Diana Coben     96
Measuring Up: Practitioners Researching Numeracy   MarkBaxter   Eamonn Leddy   Liz Richards   Alison Tomlin   Topo Wresniwiro     108
Measuring and Assessing Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Language
Education For All: The Globalization of Learning Targets   Harvey Goldstein     121
Tests and Ptarmigan   Peter Lavender     131
Performance Measurement within Adult Literacy, Language and Numeracy: Practitioners' Perspectives   Jay Derrick     141
Crossing Boundaries: Facilitating Interactions
Crossing Borders - and Back Again: A Life of Building Bridges, Squaring Circles and Living Literacy as Social Practice   Juliet Merrifield     153
Exploring Possibilities in the Boundaries   Mary Norton     162
Crossing Boundaries or Boundary Crossings: From Practice to Research and Research to Practice   Yvonne Hillier     175
Index     185

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