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ERIC Number: EJ877381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Challenging Subject Specifications
Bower, Shiela; Zukas, Miriam
Adults Learning, v16 n7 p22-24 Mar 2005
The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and the Further Education National Training Organisation (FENTO) developed new subject specifications for teachers of adult literacy and numeracy (DfES and FENTO, 2002). These were designed "to ensure that ... all new teachers of adult literacy and numeracy are equipped with the appropriate and relevant knowledge, understanding and personal skills in their subject area". Furthermore, they were intended "to raise the status of the profession and confirm that teaching literacy and numeracy is a professional activity that does not differ in demand or expectation from teaching any other subject area". This article offers a critique of the subject specifications from the perspective of the authors who are experienced adult educators and have spent two years developing university certificates for adult literacy and numeracy subject specialists, based on the specifications. The authors argue that the trouble with the subject specifications for teachers of adult literacy and numeracy is that, while recognising that "factors" or "barriers" influence learners, they have little to say to teachers about what to do with the lives that learners bring with them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)