ERIC Number: EJ1171545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
A Space to Learn: A Community-Based Approach to Meaningful Adult Learning and Literacy in Remote Indigenous Australia
Kral, Inge; Schwab, R. G.
Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, v46 n3-4 p465-477 Dec 2016
If young adults in remote Indigenous Australian communities are to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to participate effectively in mature roles in their own and the wider community, then educators will need to pay attention not only to the provision of schooling and formal adult-literacy tuition, but also to how language, literacy, and technological know-how are acquired through socialization and learning as a lifelong process. In this article, Inge Kral and Jerry Schwab take a social practice approach to reading (and writing) by looking at how Indigenous youth use alphabetic and digital literacies in everyday life and in community settings beyond school. Their proposition is that, in addition to pedagogy, it is meaningful practice across the lifespan that determines competence. Drawing on ethnographic research, Kral and Schwab outline a "learning centre" model, suggesting that it provides a template not only for transformative practice but also for achieving an appropriate blend of formal and nonformal approaches to adult learning in the remote context.
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Indigenous Populations, Foreign Countries, Adult Literacy, Literacy Education, Informal Education, Teaching Methods, Young Adults, Socialization, Alphabets, Technological Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Ethnography, Transformative Learning
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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