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IRE double special issue on literacy and numeracy


IRE Special Issue - Adult Literacy, Local Languages and Lifelong Learning in Rural African Contexts
24 April 2020

The editorial team of the International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning (IRE) is preparing a double special issue on Literacy and Numeracy: Global and Comparative Perspectives (working title), scheduled for completion in June 2020 (IRE 66:2–3).

It is being guest-edited by Richard Desjardins (Professor of Education and Political Economy at the University of California, Los Angeles), Anke Grotlüschen (Professor of Lifelong Learning at the University of Hamburg) and Huacong Liu (research associate jointly engaged at the University of Hamburg and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning).

The special issue brings together some of the leading scholars in the field. Its aim is to contribute to international discourse around literacy, numeracy, adult education and basic education. It engages with numeracy and mathematical literacy, new literacy studies, adult education and lifelong learning in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Three of the articles have already been published online, with more to follow in the coming weeks. The published articles are:

It’s not what you know but where you come from: Cognitive skills, job autonomy and latent discrimination of ethnic minorities in Israel
Sabina Lissitsa and Svetlana Chachashvili-Bolotin
published online 12 February 2020

International assessment of low reading proficiency in the adult population: A question of components or lower rungs?
Anke Grotlüschen, Barbara Nienkemper and Caroline Duncker-Euringer
published online 2 April 2020 in open access

Practice makes perfect: Practice engagement theory and the development of adult literacy and numeracy proficiency
Stephen Reder1,Britta Gauly and Clemens Lechner
published online 24 April 2020 in open access

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