Title: Conflicting Paradigms in Adult Literacy Education: In Quest of a U.S. Democratic Politics of Literacy
Author: George Demetrion
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum
Publication Date: 2004-11-30
ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0805846239
Number Of Pages: 320
Provides a broad overview of some of the major trends and issues shaping the theories, practices, research traditions, and politics of adult literacy in the US since the 1980s.
Demetrion offers us a genealogy of and emerging, conflicted and underfunded literacy field over the past 30 plus years. It is a Genealogy, rather than a history because Demetrion doesn’t just offer a chronological list of events, but rather describes the contest between conflicting forces that shaped those events. Demetrion also relates conflicts of assessemnt and accountability, and an attempt by the “Equipped for the Future” project to create a middle ground view on assessemnt and pedagogy for the field. Finally Demetrion offers a possible vision for the field grounded in American democratic founding principles.
The book is a must for literacy students, workers, and anyone interested in becoming familiar with the field. It is not an easy book, requiring time and effort. But it is purposeful, well organized, thought provoking and a satisfying read.
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