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Relating adults' lives and learning: participation and engagement in different settings

By D Barton, Yvon Appleby, R Hodge, K Trusting and R Ivanic


This report shows how an understanding of language, literacy andnumeracy as social practices can help practitioners to take account oflearners' lives. It demonstrates how people's histories, currentcircumstances and imagined futures can shape their learning andaffect their level of engagement. The study is based on the research ofthe Adult Learners' Lives project in community settings in Blackburn,Lancaster and Liverpool

Publisher: National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy
Year: 2006
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