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Latest Edition

Edition 100(i), the ‘RaPAL 100 Project Special Edition’, 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.

2020 Special Edition (Volume 100(i), Spring 2020)

“Welcome to the first part of our double edition of the RaPAL Journal volume 100. This is the Journal in which we report on themes emerging from our RaPAL 100 survey, inspired and instigated by Sarah Freeman, which we are undertaking to celebrate our 100th edition in our 35th year and the 20th year since the Moser Report: A Fresh Start.

At the date of publication, we had identified 85 sites offering adult literacies teaching and learning across all the regions of the UK. To help us make it to our target of 100 sites please consider letting us know about your provision, if you have not been contacted already, either by taking part in a telephone or online interview or by completing a short online questionnaire. To do this you can contact Sarah on 100@rapal.org.uk or myself on journal@rapal.org.uk or look at our website http://www.rapal.org.uk for more details.

Of course, the Covid-19 pandemic has halted our plans to visit as many of you as we could. However, our team is still working from home and we will be very happy to talk to you. Don’t forget, we can’t identify and celebrate your work unless you let us know.

As always, any comments about this or other editions or ideas for future content can be sent to journal@rapal.org.uk and don’t forget that most Journal editions contain articles by new writers. There are guidelines on our website on the Write for Us page and we offer as much support as you feel you need. We are also interested in hearing what you think about your Journal. There is a feedback section on the website so that you can comment on anything you have read in this or previous editions. Follow the link to our comments space at the bottom of the page, which needs the password that has been circulated with this edition. We look forward to hearing from you.”

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 100(ii): The RaPAL 100 Project

AEM (Annual Editorial Meeting) September 2020: please email the Journal Co-ordinator, Yvonne, journal@rapal.org.uk if you are interested in participating in the editorial process.

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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