23 SES 11 B, PIACC (Part 2)
Symposium continued from 23 SES 10 B
This paper draws on a research project: FE in England - Transforming Lives and Communities to explore the intersection between women, literacy and adult education and to argue for the place of research in affirming localised understandings of education that cut across the grain of contemporary educational reform. In the context of the dominance of a ‘skills’ discourse in further education in England and the flux of continual policy interventions, this research project focused on further education as “differential space” (Lefebvre 1991) that is emancipatory for many learners at the local level. The research data illustrate that further education is disruptive of the rigid linearity of the model of ‘learning progression’ at the heart of neoliberal models of education that assesses and sorts individuals according to a qualification/age matrix. Instead, it offers organic tools for consciousness raising (Freire 1995) and transformation (Mezirow 2000), acting as a hope catalyst for significant changes in learners’ lives and teachers’ practice (Duckworth 2013; Ade-Ojo & Duckworth 2016). To support the discussion, our paper draws on a range of learners and teachers’ narratives to expand on the view of adult education as a space for the exploration of a curriculum informed by an ethic of what we term dialogic caring. We also develop a theoretical position that anchors research in learners and practitioners’ experience as an empirical antidote to the simulations (Baudrillard 1994) conjured up by the decontextualised statistical data such as PIAAC driving current reforms. In that sense, we see education research as having an important role to play in providing an understory for neoliberal ‘grand narratives’ of international competition and comparison; in the same way, we see critical pedagogy as working towards a model of education with social justice at its heart and against education structures that marginalise women, their families and communities.
Ade-Ojo, G. & Duckworth, V. 2016. Of cultural dissonance: the UK’s adult literacy policies and the creation of democratic learning spaces. International Journal of Lifelong Education. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02601370.2016.1250232 Baudrillard, J. 1994. Simulacra and Simulation, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. Duckworth, V. 2013. Learning Trajectories, Violence and Empowerment amongst Adult Basic Skills Learners. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Friere, P. 1995. The Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum. Lefebvre, F. 1991. The Production of Space. Oxford: Blackwell. Mezirow, J. and associates. 2000. Fostering Critical Reflection: A Guide to Transformative and Emancipatory Learning. Mahwah: Jossey-Bass
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Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
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Network 10. Teacher Education Research
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Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
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Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
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Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
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Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
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