The impact of adult literacy and numeracy on small businesses in rural Lincolnshire and Rutland: a case study

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This report examines relationships between rurality and the interest of employers in adult literacy and numeracy training for employees, in small businesses in rural areas of Lincolnshire and Rutland. It argues that existing literature on relationships between rurality and adult learning underestimate crucial questions of individual and social identity in rural areas. It engages with recent work in cultural geography and the work of Pierre Bourdieu to explore connections between forms of conscious and habitual self-understanding (habitus) and the valuing (or not) of literacy and numeracy.

The analysis draws on 84 questionnaire responses and interviews (17) with senior personnel (owners, directors, managers, senior administrators) in 15 small businesses.

Atkin, C. & Merchant, P. (2004) The impact of adult literacy and numeracy on small businesses in rural Lincolnshire and Rutland: a case study. NRDC: London

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