Adult literacy practitioners and employability skills: resisting neo-liberalism?


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Author: Allatt, Gwyneth; Tett, Lyn


We draw on theories of policy enactment to explore the ways in which the situated, material and external contexts and professional cultures in adult literacy in the UK have influenced practitioners. Our analysis of the transnational (OECD, EU) and UK external policy contexts found that skills-related education is prioritised, with a focus on economic growth through increased productivity and accountability. This can lead to a narrow conceptualisation of literacy as a set of information processing skills needed for employment that limits the curriculum so that the knowledge of the...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Literacy; Teaching and learning; Providers of education and training; Policy

Keywords: Educators; Practitioners; Educational practice; Student interests; Curriculum; Employability; Human capital; Government policy; Political aspects

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2019

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Journal volume: 34

Journal number: 4

Journal date: 2019

Pages: pp. 577-594

ISSN: 0268-0939, 1464-5106 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 142.642

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