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In this presentation I discuss a review of the research sponsored by the National Literacy Secretariat (NLS) from 1998-2003, conducted during the first nine months of 2004 (St.Clair, 2004). The NLS is by far the biggest funder of research in adult literacy education in Canada, and my role was to assess the work they had recently supported and make suggestions for future directions. The review was essentially pragmatic, but raised a number of issues regarding the politics and process of meta-research. The presentation will examine these issues, as well as the concrete outcomes of the process.

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History and Hypothesis: Reflecting on the Analysis of a National Research Agenda

In this presentation I discuss a review of the research sponsored by the National Literacy Secretariat (NLS) from 1998-2003, conducted during the first nine months of 2004 (St.Clair, 2004). The NLS is by far the biggest funder of research in adult literacy education in Canada, and my role was to assess the work they had recently supported and make suggestions for future directions. The review was essentially pragmatic, but raised a number of issues regarding the politics and process of meta-research. The presentation will examine these issues, as well as the concrete outcomes of the process.