University of East Anglia

Adult Literacy, Lifelong Learning and Development: International Perspectives (MA)


Norwich Research Park

Norwich, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA Adult Literacy, Lifelong Learning and Development

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MA Adult Literacy, Lifelong Learning and Development: International Perspectives is designed for those working in adult education and basic literacy – whether in policy, planning and evaluation roles or as teachers, NGO activists and literacy facilitators. Whilst many of our students will be working in countries of the global South, in Asia, Africa and South America, the course is also appropriate for those in the UK, US or Europe who are interested in developing a new perspective on their work. If you have a real interest in the field of adult literacy and lifelong learning, even if you have not had much first-hand experience, we can consider your application. Although approaches to adult literacy teaching and learning and curriculum development will be explored – including functional literacy, REFLECT and Freire – you should be aware that this is not a hands-on ‘teacher training’ course. This course will however provide you with critical insights and research skills for taking forward and developing innovative adult literacy and lifelong learning programmes, or for doing doctoral level research in this area. This course provides: - an excellent base for a career in adult literacy and development, with non-governmental organisations, international development agencies or national Governments - a unique introduction to researching adult literacy and development, combining in-depth understanding of literacy theory and research methodology with practical experience of conducting literacy research - individualised support from internationally recognised researchers in this field, with access to a wide range of materials and literacy networks in developing countries


There are many external indicators which endorse the quality of our teaching and research. These include top ratings within the National Student Satisfaction survey, '+3' Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognition, and "Outstanding" recognition by OfSTED for our programmes of Initial Teacher Education.

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International Financial Aid: No

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