Adult Basic Education in the Age of New Literacies

by Erik Jacobson (Author)
Textbook VIII, 152 Pages


The volume addresses the ways that the field of adult basic education has already been impacted by changes in technology and what needs to happen for learners and teachers to take full advantage of newly developing resources. The analysis is organized around three main themes: Learning, Teaching, and Organizing. Each section reviews relevant research and sample instructional resources, drawing on work done from around the world. A key concern is moving beyond the hype to look for the specifics of practice – what exactly is new about contemporary adult basic education? Rather than a celebration of technology for technology’s sake, the analysis asks a series of questions. What do we want learning to look like? What do teachers expect of themselves as professionals and learners? Finally, how is technology being used to shape the field, and how can we use it to work for changes we believe in? This book is essential reading for pre-service and in-service teachers, as well as instructors in a variety of fields relating to technology and learning.


VIII, 152
ISBN (Hardcover)
ISBN (Softcover)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2012. VIII, 153 pp.

Biographical notes

Erik Jacobson (Author)

Erik Jacobson is an Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education Department at Montclair State University. Over his career in adult basic education, he has worked as a teacher, a researcher, and a consultant providing professional development. He is one of the founding members of the Adult Literacy Education Wiki and the Adult Literacy Study Group in the Literacy Research Association (formerly National Reading Conference). In addition to technology, he is interested in reading comprehension, developing instructional materials, and comparative models of adult literacy pedagogy.


Title: Adult Basic Education in the Age of New Literacies