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Latest Edition

Edition 104 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.

Volume 104, Winter 2021/ 22

“Welcome to Volume 104, our winter edition, on the subject of qualifications.

As always, any comments about this or other editions or ideas for future content can be sent to journal@rapal.org.uk. We are also interested in hearing what you think about your Journal. There is a feedback section here 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.

Next Edition

Our next edition will be Volume 105 on the theme of Responses to Covid, due for publication in the spring of 2022. The editing team will be Gwyneth Allatt and Mary-Rose Puttick.

We will be looking at innovations during Covid, to see how these have progressed and what difference, if any, funding has made. We hope to use our recent BALID and European Basic Skills Network contacts to add an international aspect. Enquiries to journal@rapal.org.uk

We would particularly welcome longer academic articles suitable for peer-review and would ask you to contact us earlier than the deadline above to allow discussion of your proposal.  Any comments about this or other editions or ideas for future content can be sent to journal@rapal.org.uk. Don’t worry if your ideas for an article do not fit one of our themes – there is space in all our Journals for items of interest to our readers.  Most Journal editions contain articles by new writers, including adult literacies learners.  There are guidelines on our website on the Write for Us page and we offer as much support as you feel you need. 

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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