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Literacy and development: what works for whom? Or, how relevant is the social practices view of literacy for literacy education in developing countries?

Papen, Uta (2005) Literacy and development: what works for whom? Or, how relevant is the social practices view of literacy for literacy education in developing countries? International Journal of Educational Development, 25 (1). pp. 5-17. ISSN 0738-0593

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with the implications of a social view of literacy for the policy and practice of adult literacy. Taking the example of a recent literacy project in South Africa and comparing this with the author's own ethnographic research among learners from the National Literacy Programme in Namibia, the paper discusses the possible difficulties to be experienced when designing a literacy project based on the concept of literacy as a social practice. The main argument put forward is that these difficulties are likely to be grounded in the difference between potential learners’ uses of literacy in everyday life and their understandings of literacy and how this orients them towards particular forms of literacy education.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Educational Development
Uncontrolled Keywords: Comparative education ; Literacy ; Ethnography ; Namibia ; South Africa ; New literacy studies
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 1205
Deposited By: Dr Uta Papen
Deposited On: 04 Feb 2008 13:09
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:07
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1205

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