|Title of host publication||International Encyclopedia of Education|
|Editors||Penelope Peterson, Eva Baker, Barry McGaw|
|Publisher||Elsevier Ireland Ltd|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
This article reviews some of the key issues and tensions in the field of adult literacy education. The main contemporary theoretical and educational perspectives on adult literacy are presented and discussed. Issues addressed include diversity within teaching and learning, perspectives on the political import of adult literacy, and political and structural elements of the field. The discussion concludes that there is a need to recognize multiple outcomes of adult literacy education as valid, that ideological positions matter a great deal, and that debates between the skills and the social-practice-based models of literacy could be closer to resolution than often recognized.