A Trek Through the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy: 2005-2009

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Scope and Slant The scope of JAAL is mostly focused on helping educators promote and improve literacy inside and outside of school. Literacy includes reading and writing, which would explain why JAAL contains articles about both components of literacy—although they are more focused on reading than writing. There are definite patterns, such as digital literacy, multicultural education, and student-centered learning. The patterns arise from “hot topics” in literacy education. JAAL seems to publish articles that are connected to those topics in which educators and the public have interest. JAAL seems to follow the political ideologies of the IRA as well as its current editor. Bean and Harper state strongly that they “believe that…show more content…
These articles and snippets that were published through JAAL suggest its political slant on standardized testing as well as its strong stance on the issues the mission of the IRA believes in. Researchers and Authors Due to the IRA being a very large association with public awareness, the JAAL is a fairly well-known journal. Consequently, lots of submissions are sent into the journal with an acceptance rate of 16-20% of submissions getting published (“Author Guidelines”). Although there seems to be a fairly broad spectrum of professionals published, there are some well-known names of authors who have published several other works. The editors—Goodson, Bean, and Harper—have all published multiple scholarly articles and/or books in the education/literacy field. The authorship appears to be mostly made up of professors and scholars at higher educational institutes, like William D. Brozo, Dara K. Hill, Troy Hicks, and Danielle V. Dennis, who have published numerous books and/or articles in their field. Critical Evaluation Overall, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy serves a broad range of educators or pre-service educators that are concerned with advancing literacy to people of adolescent age and higher. Secondary teachers are most benefited by the range of articles.
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