Shame: an avoidable barrier to adult literacy learning

This article outlines how shame can be a debilitating impediment to learning for anyone, and especially when it comes to literacy learning for adults. The author focuses first on shame in general, describing the basics of shame, how it can affect the body and brain, and its implications for learning. Next follows a discussion of how some of the cognitive processes needed for reading may not be easily accessible while learners experience shame. The article concludes with research-based, practical suggestions to help adult literacy learners identify and navigate their shame, and thus better mana ... Show more

Authors: Armstrong, Holly

Published: Springvale South, Victoria, Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council, 2021

Resource type: Article

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