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ERIC Number: EJ980545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0260-1370
Making Soweto Stories: Photovoice Meets the New Literacy Studies
Strawn, Clare; Monama, Geraldine
International Journal of Lifelong Education, v31 n5 p535-553 2012
Adult literacy is a crucial element of community and economic development in South Africa and many developing countries striving to meet Millennium Development Goals. However, few governments invest the recommended 6% of education budgets on programmes for adults. Without resources, volunteer educators and international supporters rely on their own creativity to generate project-based learning. Freirian pedagogy and the New Literacy Studies, which theorizes literacy practices grounded in the meaning of daily life, inform this study. This article documents a photovoice project for literacy development in Soweto, South Africa. The project was an initiative stemming from international and cross-cultural collaboration between two women, Geraldine Monama, the literacy coordinator at Orlando East library in Soweto, and Strawn, a community development and adult literacy researcher from the United States. We report what we learned from the project and details of the collaborative process to support similar efforts. (Contains 6 notes and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa