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Textile literacy - tradition and transfer
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. (VET-YL)
2011 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses vocational literacy in Swedish upper secondary education within two programmes, both focusing textile materials: a vocational programme, and a hybrid of a general and vocational programme. The issue for this paper is to illuminate what students in these two programmes were expected to read and write in two textile related upper secondary school programmes. Further, conditions for transfer from the comprehensive school sloyd subject to vocational textile literacy are illuminated. Theoretical resources are New literacy Studies (mapping literacy events), socio-cultural theories of learning, specifically focusing the literacy related classroom communication, and CHAT, in relating the classroom data to societal issues (changes in education and in vocational demands). Literacy events related to reading, school texts (textbooks, teacher produced material) were used in combination with vocational texts (texts used within the vocation). During the initial semester, school texts dominated but were used in various ways – for learning but also as tools during textile work. During the final semester, vocational texts dominate, however school texts are used when needed: school texts interact with vocational texts. The interaction between texts used and produced within the field of textile education and work contributes to supporting transfer from school to work.

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vocational education, textile literacy, CHAT
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-67538OAI: diva2:470408
ECER 2011
Kommunikation och lärande i slöjdpraktiker
Swedish Research Council, 2004-4379
Available from: 2011-12-28 Created: 2011-12-28 Last updated: 2012-03-29Bibliographically approved

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