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The Research and Practice in Adult Literacy Network


RaPAL is an independent national network of learners, teachers, managers and researchers engaged in adult literacies and numeracy. Our support is generated by membership subscription only, and we are therefore completely independent in our views. RaPAL is the only national organisation focusing on the role of literacies in adult life.


· Campaign for the rights of adults to have access to the full range of literacies in their lives · Critique current policy and practice where it is based on simplistic notions of literacy as skill · Emphasise the importance of social context in literacy · Encourage collaborative and reflective research · Believe in democratic practices in adult literacy · Create networks by organising events (including an annual conference) to contribute to national debate · Publish a journal three times a year


RaPAL Officers 2015 Chair


Secretary Treasurer


Journal Co-ordinator Production Editor Reviews Editor


Membership Secretary Website Manager


Sallie Condy Claire Collins


Alison Wedgbury Yvonne Spare Claire Collins Sarah Freeman Yvonne Spare Tara Furlong


The editorial group for 2015 includes the following researchers, practitioners and practitioner-researchers: Sam Duncan, Julie Furnivall, Sarah Freeman, Tara Furlong, Linda Pearce, Anne Reardon-James, Irene Schwab, Yvonne Spare, Peggy Warren and Alison Wedgbury.


RaPAL members are involved in the compilation of the journal as editors, reviewers and referees.


We are a friendly group – open to new members and new ideas. Please contact us with any contributions (views, comments, reports and articles) and do not be put off if you are new to the field or if you have not written for a publication before. The journal is written by and for all learners, tutors/teachers and researchers who want to ask questions about this field of work. It does not matter if the questions have been asked before. We want to reflect the many voices within adult literacy and numeracy work and to encourage debate.


Why not join us?


Further information can be found at our website: www.rapal.org.uk The RaPAL journal is also available from EBSCO Information Services.


The RaPAL journal expresses a variety of views which do not necessarily reflect those of the editorial group. The RaPAL journal has been designed by Image Printing Company, Lumsdale, Matlock, Derbyshire


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