Research Forum Subject to change without notice

Refreshing the Research Commitment: Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Research to strengthen collective impact

8.30am – 4pm Friday 15 September 2017

Charles Darwin University Casuarina Campus Location map

Red Precinct, Building 1, Room 3.01

This Forum recognises the substantial body of work current available to inform adult English language, literacy and numeracy practice, policy and models of organisational provision.  Australia has at times led the way in promoting strong practitioner research networks, industry engaged consortia and productive alliances with government agencies and policy makers.  Such work involves constant renewal of alliances. This Forum aims to draw on the knowledge base of local practitioners and networks, the ACAL National and State-based adult literacy councils, university researchers, community groups and industry partners to shape a renewed debate and about Adult LLN research and its role in promoting a research-rich and engaged profession nationally.

8.30 – 8.45am

Registration, tea and coffee
VENUE: Charles Darwin University Casuarina Campus, Building Red 1: Room 3.01
(above the Cafeteria)

8.45 – 9.15am Welcome: To country; to CDU; to ACAL in the NT
9.15 – 9.30am Who has a stake in adult LLN research? Who is in the room?

Adult LLN Research: A retrospective
What is it? Who does it? What do we already know? What do we need to know?

This panel session will canvas the following issues:

  • Australian adult LLN research initiatives and take home messages over the decades
  • Lessons from international studies
  • Opportunities and challenges in strengthening research-practice-theory engagement
  • Adult LLN learners, educators, managers, advocates, policy makers & researchers: research expectations and essentials.
10.30 – 11.00am

Morning Tea


‘Page not found’: Adult LLN research, archive and memory in a digital age

To recognise ACAL’s 40 years of sustained advocacy for adult literacy policy, research and provision this session will showcase LLN artefacts, archival materials and examples of engagement over the decades. The ‘digital age’ presents particular challenges for how a field learns from its history over time.

12.30- 1.30pm

Lunch and networking


Special Interest Research Roundtables: Where to Next?

2:30-3.00pm Leveraging research and research engagement:
Recommendations to ACAL and state-based councils
3.00 – 3.15pm

Afternoon Break

3.15 – 3.45pm

A day in the life of an Australian user: How did you use LLN today?


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