Adult literacy and liberal-progressive pedagogy: Australian contexts

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Author: Black, Stephen; Bee, Barbara


This article explores adult literacy pedagogy in the Australian vocational education and training (VET) sector which has long provided most adult literacy programmes. We draw on semi-structured interviews with a small group of eight teachers undertaken in 2005 as part of a project on the social capital outcomes of adult literacy programmes. Through highlighting various elements of student-centred pedagogy, the aim is to demonstrate what is commonly referred to as liberal-progressive pedagogy. We discuss how some educators in this pedagogical tradition have incorporated critical literacy,...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Literacy; Teaching and learning; Equity

Keywords: Pedagogics; Social justice; Adult basic education; Curriculum; Political aspects

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2018

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Journal volume: 23

Journal number: 2

Journal date: June 2018

Pages: pp. 181-201

ISSN: 1359-6748, 1747-5112 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 132.709

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