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ERIC Number: EJ877283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
"We Are Losing Students because We Are Not Accessing the Skills They Have Got"
Adults Learning, v16 n1 p10-12 Sep 2004
Students who struggle with literacy in educational setting are often highly literate in other domains of life. A team of researchers, led by Roz Ivanic, aims to show how these practices can be drawn upon to meet the literacy demands of further education. Project Director Roz Ivanic, of Lancaster University's Literacy Research Centre, argues that many failing students engage in "literacy practices" in other areas of life, in their domestic, community and leisure activities, which could, potentially, be exploited in meeting the literacy demands of their courses. The interface "between inside and outside college", between informal vernacular practices and those entailed in more formal institutional settings, is the focus of her team's work. This article discusses the project, Literacies for Learning in Further Education, which aims to improve actual outcomes for the students, looking at how literacy practices used outside colleges can help students be more successful on their college courses, designing and testing the impact of curriculum developments in targeted areas. The project investigates what Ivanic terms "the literacy practices of students in their everyday lives, practices which aren't obvious when one meets them in the classroom." The ultimate aim is to mobilise and develop the vernacular literacy capabilities of college students who have little difficulty with the literacy practices in some areas of their lives, yet who struggle to make the grade in the classroom. The project is about working out why that is happening and how colleges can develop new ways of enabling students like that to be both retained for the length of the course and also to be successful within the course.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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