ERIC Number: EJ812424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Critical Analysis of the Adult Literacy Curriculum: Instructional or Regulative?
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, v13 n3 p307-314 Oct 2008
The aim of this paper is to provide a brief critical analysis of the adult literacy curriculum as one element of the Skills for Life Strategy and to consider how it has been used to legitimise a dominant adult literacy policy based on economic and political rationales. The term critical has many meanings. Here it is used to explore how the adult literacy curriculum sits within wider historical, social and ideological structures. This paper analyses the document at both macro and micro levels, focussing on text, discourse practice and social practice, using both critical discourse analysis and critical language awareness. It argues that the curriculum has been developed as an instructional text to support the regulative discourse of skills and competency based training and education.
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Adult Literacy, Curriculum Evaluation, Metalinguistics, Politics of Education, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Social Change, Core Curriculum, Text Structure, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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