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Global Citizenship for Adult Education
Advancing Critical Literacies for Equity and Social Justice

ISBN 9780367505875
Published July 20, 2021 by Routledge
410 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations

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This book promotes the development of nontraditional literacies in adult education, especially as these critical literacies relate to global citizenship, equity, and social justice. As this edited collection argues, a rapidly changing global environment and proliferation of new media technologies have greatly expanded the kinds of literacies that one requires in order to be an engaged global citizen. It is imperative for adult educators and learners to understand systems, organizations, and relationships that influence our lives as citizens of the world. By compiling a comprehensive list of foundational, sociocultural, technological and informational, psychosocial and environmental, and social justice literacies, this volume offers readers theoretical foundations, practical strategies, and additional resources.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors


Hassana Alidou


Maja Stojanović and Petra A. Robinson


Petra A. Robinson, Kamala V. Williams, and Maja Stojanović


1. The Critical Literacies Advancement Model: Its History, Evolution, and Future Potential

Petra A. Robinson


2. Mother Tongue Literacy: A Glocal Perspective

Zbigniew P. Możejko 

3. Adult Learners of Color as Aspiring Teachers: Developing Standard Literacy to Teach Standard Literacy 

Mary McGriff and George E. Jackson

4. The Role of Science Literacy in Critical Multiliteracy Advancement: Developing Competences for Fairer Knowledge Societies

Paola Catenaccio

5. Futures Literacy for Adult Learning: Hopeful Futures in Complex Worlds 

M. Jayne Fleener 


6. Setting Foundations for Critically Thinking Global Citizens: Developing Foundational Literacies

Jacob Brumfield and Maja Stojanović


7. Are We Multilingual Yet? A 21st-Century Approach to Understanding Multilingual Literacy Skills

Maja Stojanović

8. Stories of Socialism from a Capitalist Perspective: A North Korean Refugee’s Online Graphic Novel for Positive Social Change 

Jinhee Choi

9. US Higher-Education Institutions and Their Visions for Developing Globally Literate Students: Goals for Advancing Equity and Social Justice

Kamala V. Williams


10. There’s No Society Without a Language and No Global Society Without Global Understanding: Developing Global Understanding Through Sociocultural Literacies

Maja Stojanović


11. Is Literacy a Multidimensional Concept? Some Empirical Evidence

Georgios A. Panos, Theocharis Kromydas, Michael Osborne, and Robert E. Wright 

12. Gender Literacy: Becoming Illiterate to Become Literate

Petra A. Robinson

13. Endarkening, Engendering, and Embodying: Theorizing Intersectional Racial Literacy

Keisha L. Green, Esther O. Ohito, Jamila Lyiscott, and Susan E. Wilcox

14. Identity Literacy: Relative to Understanding People and Relevant to Functioning in a Global Society

Kala Burrell-Craft

15. Educational Development as a Vehicle for Creating Equity-Minded Adult Educators: A US Higher-Education Perspective

China M. Jenkins, Victoria Carter-Jones, and Norvella P. Carter 

16. Advancing Moral Literacy in Educational Preparation: Developing Civic and Ethical Educators for a Socially Just World 

Charles L. Lowery

17. Human Rights Literacy: A Perspective in the New Technological Landscape

Veronica M. Stefan

18. Seeing in the Dark: A South African Leader’s Reflections on Critical Literacy Leadership in a Non-Profit Organization 

Warren Chalklen and Lorenzo Davids


19. Developing Human and Social Justice Literacies Through Discussions of Twitter, Tunes, and Tacos

Tyler Robinson, Jacob E. Brumfield, and Maja Stojanović


20. Emotional Literacy, Life-Long Learning, and Global Citizenship Education for Adult Distance Learners

Agnes Wei Lin Liau and George Boon Sai Teoh 

21. The Impact of Health Literacy on Health Disparities and Health Equity

Paula A. Barbel

22. Fostering Proficiency in Food Literacy: A Framework for Igniting Positive Social Change 

Susan E. Lowey

23. Exploring Adult Civic Education Policy and Curricula in Germany, Estonia, the United States, and Australia to Promote Critical Democratic Adult Education

Vera J. Lee, Amanda Reinsburrow, Bruce A. Levine, Leah Katherine Saal, and Katrina Struloeff  

24. Financial Literacy and Its Challenges: An Overall Picture from Portugal

Anabela Mesquita, Adriana Oliveira, Paula Sauer, and Luciana Oliveira 

25. Environmental Literacy for All

Petra Javrh


26. Healthy Bodies, Healthy Budget, and a Healthy Environment: Developing Psychosocial and Environmental Literacies

Ianthe Smith and Tyler Robinson


27. Information Literacy Policies for a Global Information Society

Carla Basili

28. Media Literacy for Social Justice and Global Citizenship

Lesley S. J. Farmer

29. Remixing Visual Literacy for 21st Century Adult Education

Ken Mizusawa

30. Digital Literacy: Key to Equity and Social Justice in a Tech-Dependent World

Omobola O. Adelore and Solomon Ojedeji

31. Decolonizing Game Literacy 

Bruno de Paula

32. The Cybersecurity Mindset: A Critical Literacy for Adult Learners 

Jenny Daugherty and Melissa J. Dark


33. Learning from Pictures and Play: Digital Literacy Resources for the Classroom

Zachary Z. Robinson


34. (Becoming) a Global Citizen: A Critical Way Forward

Petra A. Robinson

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Petra A. Robinson, PhD, is Associate Professor in the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development at Louisiana State University (LSU). She is also Director of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development in the College of Human Sciences and Education at LSU.

Kamala V. Williams, PhD, is the manager of the Prairie View A&M Northwest Houston Center, an off-campus instructional site in Houston Texas. She is a former coordinator for the Center for Urban School Partnerships at Texas A&M University, with many years of teaching experience.

Maja Stojanović is a doctoral student in the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development and a graduate assistant in the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development in the College of Human Sciences and Education at LSU. She has a background in teaching English to adult learners.


"This book provides an excellent framework for understanding what citizenship looks like in this changing world. To be an active citizen, one needs to be aware that literacy is more than reading, writing, and math. The way that technologies have infiltrated all aspects of our lives means that we need more knowledge about how to receive, interpret, filter, and understand the impact and content. This book provides a framework for understanding these many different literacies." —Michelle Glowacki-Dudka, Professor of Adult, Higher, and Community Education, Ball State University, USA 

"The book is a significant and desperately needed critical work in the fields of adult, professional, community, human resource development, and higher education. Robinson, Williams, and Stojanović have collected insights from around the world to expand and explain in-depth the literacies necessary for today’s realities of diversity, identity, global citizenship, and social justice. They also provide concrete resources for relating theory to practice in youth and adult literacy education. I find it to be a 'must-read' for graduate adult education programs and for all of us who seek to identify and enact critical cosmopolitan values, learning, and interactions." —Joellen E. Coryell, Assistant Dean for Educational Partnerships and Enrollment and Professor of Graduate Programs in Adult, Professional, and Community Education, Texas State University, USA

"In its global reach, this volume does what we have lacked for too long in adult education research and practice: coming together to face the critical issues of the world. The book provides comprehensive guidelines for the politics of integration, global dialogue, and hope. The book demonstrates the life-sustaining bonds of reciprocity and belonging that binds us together and demands that we must act together to overcome the idols of capitalism and personal creed that pervert humanity and nurture the current inequalities and injustices." —Juha Suoranta, Professor of Adult Education, Tampere University, Finland