Conflicting Paradigms in Adult Literacy Education: In Quest of a U.S. Democratic Politics of Literacy


The book provides an historical overview of adult literacy theory, policy, practice, and research from the mid-1980s to the present. The main focus is an analysis of three distinctive schools of literacy: the Freirean-based participatory literacy movement grounded in oppositional politics and community activism; the British-based New Literacy Studies that focuses on the ways in which students utilise various literacy practices in their daily lives; and the US federal government's focus on functional literacy.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • George Demetrion
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Mahwah, NJ
Publication year:
  • 2005


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.