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ERIC Number: ED446286
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-9
Pages: 19
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Reading at the Crossroads: English for Workplace Purposes.
Cox, Robyn Gail
This paper details a research project in Brunei Darussalam that explored vocational education teacher trainees' and their future students' views about the function of reading in vocational education and about reading in English. Part A, a review of current theoretical perspectives in literacy as a socially constructed phenomenon, is organized by these main premises: literacy is an everyday social practice that individuals participate in; literacy is not a neutral practice but relates to how individuals read the world; literacy is a political enterprise; and the pedagogy of literacy empowers particular social groups. Part B describes the questionnaire and its theoretical underpinnings. These findings from 117 student questionnaires are reported: they were most likely to consider aspects of code breaker and text participant roles of readers and less likely to consider aspects of text user and text analyst; and gender and work experience analyses indicated no significant differences. These findings from 21 teacher questionnaires are reported: they conceived of reading in the traditional manner--as a code breaking activity, with some reflection on the text participant role--and teachers usually or always think about aspects of meaning while reading. Part C suggests that teachers of English for vocational purposes work from a model where reading is seen as an individual skill that can be taught in isolation in the classroom. (Contains 32 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brunei