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ERIC Number: EJ1082527
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1394
Literacy Mediation in Neighbourhood Houses
Thompson, Sally
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v55 n3 p477-495 Nov 2015
Interactions between staff in Neighbourhood Houses, and the socially and educationally disadvantaged community members who visit Neighbourhood Houses, have been viewed through many lenses, including community development, social support, caring and compassion. This paper looks at Neighbourhood Houses as sites of pedagogical practice. More specifically, it explores the role of Neighbourhood House administrative staff as literacy mediators--as people who assist others with reading and writing. Literacy mediation has gained attention as part of a focus amongst New Literacy Studies researchers on the social uses of literacy. In this case study of four staff members working across two neighbourhood houses, I identify that literacy mediation in the neighbourhood houses is common, complex and growing in demand. A further area of focus of the paper is the invisibility of the literacy mediation in Neighbourhood Houses--to funding bodies, committees of management and even to other staff. It also identifies the role of emotional labour in both facilitating mediation but also as a contributing factor to the lack of recognition of informal literacy work in Neighbourhood Houses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia