Abstract

This study examined the evolution in adult literacy research since the founding of The Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education (CJSAE) and the rise of the contemporary knowledge base in Canadian adult literacy. Three research questions guided the investigation which employed a critical discourse analysis (CDA) method. A text analysis grid was constructed and was used across several data sources representing Canadian literacy scholarship. Results indicate that seven metaphors can be used to depict the current state of literacy scholarship. These findings shape a triangle of three solitudes: academic researchers, practitioners, and government sponsors.

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adult literacy research, critical discourse analysis

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Using Metaphors to Depict Canada’s Adult Literacy Research Since the Mid-1980s

This study examined the evolution in adult literacy research since the founding of The Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education (CJSAE) and the rise of the contemporary knowledge base in Canadian adult literacy. Three research questions guided the investigation which employed a critical discourse analysis (CDA) method. A text analysis grid was constructed and was used across several data sources representing Canadian literacy scholarship. Results indicate that seven metaphors can be used to depict the current state of literacy scholarship. These findings shape a triangle of three solitudes: academic researchers, practitioners, and government sponsors.