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Latest Edition

Edition 101, the ‘Practitioner Action Research 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.

Practitioner Action Research Edition (Volume 101, Winter 2020)

“Welcome to Volume 101 of the RaPAL Journal and our last one of 2020, in which we return to a look at some of the action research being carried out by a group of practitioners taking part in a programme of teaching, learning and assessment.

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 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.

Our plans for the coming year include:

  • Volume 102 (Spring 2021) Survey100 Project Report

Submission of first drafts by end January 2021.

Editing team: Gwyneth Allatt g.allatt@hud.ac.uk; Toni Lambe toni.elambe@gmail.com; Jo Dixon sojoto1770@gmail.com.

  • Volume 103 (Summer 2021) Conference edition: ‘Adult basic skills: building back better’ from L&W English, Maths, ESOL annual conference

Submission of first drafts by end March 2021

Editing team to be decided. Enquiries to journal@rapal.org.uk

  • Volume 104 (Winter 2021) Open edition – suggestions welcome

Editing team to be decided. Enquiries to journal@rapal.org.uk

AEM (Annual Editorial Meeting) September 2021: 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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