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Participatory education in South Africa: contradic­tions and challenges.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Research on Bilingualism.
1993 (English)In: TESOL quarterly (Print), ISSN 0039-8322, Vol. 27, no 3, 431-447 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper describes and critiques a participatory ESL curriculum development project within a South African nongovernmental organisation. It locates this project within the political and economic context as South Africa moves from apartheid towards democracy. The contradictions inherent in developing participatory curricula and materials for large-scale use are described, and the choices made to reconcile them discussed. The paper ends with a discussion of the challenges facing adult basic education (ABE) in the future and suggests some directions for development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1993. Vol. 27, no 3, 431-447 p.
Keyword [en]
adult basic education, adult literacy, English as a Second Language, curriculum, materials development, participatory education, South Africa, voice.
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Specific Languages
Research subject
Education
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-26672OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-26672DiVA: diva2:210898
Available from: 2009-04-08 Created: 2009-04-06 Last updated: 2009-04-23Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Changing conceptions of literacies, language and development: Implications for the provision of adult basic education in South Africa
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Changing conceptions of literacies, language and development: Implications for the provision of adult basic education in South Africa
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study aims to contribute to the growing body of knowledge on the circumstances under which adult education, in particular adult basic education, can support and occasionally initiate participatory development, social action and the realisation of citizenship rights. It traces developments in adult basic education in South Africa, and more specifically literacy and language learning, over the years 1981 to 2001, with reference to specific multilingual contexts in the Northern and Western Cape.

The thesis is based on four individual studies, documenting an arc from grassroots work to national policy development and back. Study I, written in the early 1990s, critically examines approaches to teaching English to adults in South Africa at the time and proposes a participatory curriculum model for the additional language component of a future adult education policy. Study II is an account of attempts to implement this model and explores the implications of going to scale with such an approach.  Studies III and IV draw on a qualitative study of an educator development programme after the transition to democracy. Study III uses Bourdieu's theory of practice and the concept of reflexivity to illuminate some of  the connections between local discursive practices, self-formation, and broader relations of power. Study IV uses Iedema's (1999) concept of resemiotisation to trace the ways in which individuals re-shaped available representational resources to mobilise collective agency in community-based workshops. The summary provides a framework for these studies by locating and critiquing each within shifts in the political economy of South Africa. It reflects on a history of research and practice, raising questions to do with voice, justice, power, agency, and desire. Overall, this thesis argues for a reconceptualisation of ABET that is more strongly aligned with development goals and promotes engagement with new forms of state/society/economy relations.

 

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Stockholm University, 2009. 65 p.
Series
Dissertations in Bilingualism, ISSN 1400-5921 ; 18
Keyword
adult literacy, adult basic education, agency, citizenship, critical applied linguistics, development, linguistic citizenship, multilingualism, reflexivity, resemiotisation, voice.
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Research subject
Bilingualism Research
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-26581 (URN)978-91-7155-852-7 (ISBN)
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2009-05-18, G-salen, Arrheniuslaboratorierna, Svante Arrhenius väg 16, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2009-04-27 Created: 2009-04-01 Last updated: 2010-06-15Bibliographically approved

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