Beyond Economic Interests

Critical Perspectives on Adult Literacy and Numeracy in a Globalised World

  • Keiko Yasukawa
  • Stephen Black

Part of the International Issues in Adult Education book series (ADUL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Globalisation, The OECD and The Role of Powerful International Surveys

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mary Hamilton
      Pages 3-17
    3. Keiko Yasukawa, Stephen Black
      Pages 19-39
    4. Jeff Evans
      Pages 41-58
  3. Resistance and Agency in Local Literacies and Numeracies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Inge Kral
      Pages 61-76
    3. Sue Ollerhead
      Pages 77-94
    4. Chris Holland
      Pages 95-104
    5. Pat Strauss
      Pages 105-118
    6. Diana Coben, Niki Mccartney
      Pages 119-134
    7. Keiko Yasukawa, Jacquie Widin
      Pages 135-147
  4. Contesting Dominant Discourses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Vicky Duckworth, Mary Hamilton
      Pages 167-184
    3. Robin Mccormack
      Pages 185-203
    4. Jeff Evans, Ludi Simpson
      Pages 205-221
    5. Judy Hunter
      Pages 223-237

About this book


Over the last two decades, an increasingly economistic discourse has dominated discussions about adult literacy and numeracy. This book provides critiques of, and alternative narratives to the dominant discourse.  Authors provide tools and methodologies of critique, including ways of seeing how policies in the countries of focus come to be captured almost completely by the interests of business and industry, as well as how to critically interpret the data that policy makers use to justify their priorities. But adult literacy and numeracy practitioners and learners find spaces and places to pursue learning that matters for the lived experiences of adults and their communities. 

Beyond Economic Interests presents the struggles and achievements of practitioners and learners that lead the readers of the book to critically appreciate that a counter narrative to the purely economistic discourse of adult literacy and numeracy is much needed, and possible.


literacy adult education educational policy globalisation lifelong learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Keiko Yasukawa
    • 1
  • Stephen Black
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Technology SydneyAustralia
  2. 2.University of Technology SydneyAustralia

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