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ERIC Number: EJ1066965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0741-7136
From Heroic Victims to Competent Comrades: Views of Adult Literacy Learners in the Research Literature
Belzer, Alisa; Pickard, Amy
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v65 n3 p250-266 Aug 2015
This research synthesis analyzed qualitative depictions of adult literacy learners and identified five ways in which they are typically characterized: the Heroic Victim, the Needy (Problem) Child, the Broken (but Repairable) Cog, the Pawn of Destiny, and the Capable Comrade. These types do not capture the diversity or complexity of all adult literacy learners, and we do not argue that they are comprehensive. Rather they are representative of the ways in which adult literacy learners are portrayed in the research literature. We argue that each type, like characters in a narrative, drive the "action" in research, policy, and practice arena. The ways in which they populate research may have very real consequences for how adult literacy learning opportunities are provided and the outcomes that can be expected.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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