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Latest Edition

Edition 94, 2018 Impact and Innovation, is now available to members through our digital platform, Publitas. This and the most recent two years’ editions of the journal can be accessed online via the Members’ Area. If you would like full access to our most recent editions, join us. Past editions are freely available here in overview, digital and pdf formats.

Impact and Innovation (Volume 94, Spring 2018)

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“We hope you enjoy this edition of the Journal. We have included a representative selection of articles from speakers and workshop leaders from our November joint conference and as well as widening the content to look at whether we should be considering digital as a third basic skill.

We have plans for another issue due for publication in the summer, to be entitled ‘Literacies in Different Spaces’. Our editing team have put out a call for papers and we would love to hear from anyone with experience of teaching outside the classroom, together with a focus on learners with additional needs.

As always we invite our readers to submit items for publication. We welcome all kinds of writing, from academic articles or less formal accounts of your own practice to letters or poems from yourselves or your learners. If you find yourself with something to say but insufficient time to write, you may like to consider the possibility of taking part in an interview, either in person, by telephone or digitally, with one of our editors.”

Yvonne Spare, Journal Coordinator

Future Journal Themes

RaPAL have been publishing topical works in this multidisciplinary field since 1985 and we encourage our members to contribute. Please review past editions and guidance on contributing to the journal.

RaPAL 95 2018 Literacies in Different Spaces (copy deadline 31/03/18)

RaPAL 96 2018 Collaboration and Connections (copy deadline 30/09/18)

AEM (Annual Editorial Meeting) 1st September 2018: please email the Journal Co-ordinator, Yvonne, journal@rapal.org.uk if you are interested in participating in editorial

Next Deadline for Journal 95 is 31st March 2018

Taster Journals

We have created another short Taster Journal for publicity and distribution and as the previous version proved very popular. All three can be found here in pdf format:

RaPAL Taster Journal 2017

RaPAL Taster Journal 2017

RaPAL Taster Journal 2013

RaPAL Taster Journal 2013

RaPAL Taster Journal 2006

RaPAL Taster Journal 2006


Commemorative Edition

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“This edition of the journal commemorates RaPAL’s thirty years, and the revolutionary social practices approaches to adult literacies education brewing in the eighties. We are delighted to carry commemorative pieces by Mary Hamilton and Brian Street, and some new ‘columns’ and features in the journal, such as contributing online commentary. The articles explore different aspects of the critical nature of people, their lives and contexts in literacies education. The topics range from provision for the Roma community in Spain, excluded young people on London’s troubled estates and community empowerment approaches through the global award-winning Reflect method, to theoretical analyses of motivation and frameworks of context in learning. We share our experimental part-virtual multi-hub Regional Colloquia held across three of the four nations last summer; and encourage you to participate in our Stories of Resilience co-publication with ACAL. Please do give us some feedback via the link on page 4. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tara Furlong and Julie Furnivall, edition 87 editors

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