Pedagogy and participation : literacy education for low-literate refugee students of African origin in a western school system

Dooley, Karen T. & Thangaperumal, Pavithiran (2011) Pedagogy and participation : literacy education for low-literate refugee students of African origin in a western school system. Language and Education, 25(5), pp. 385-397.

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For ESL teachers working with low-literate adolescents the challenge is to provide instruction in basic literacy capabilities while also realising the benefits of interactive and dialogic pedagogies advocated for the students. In this article we look at literacy pedagogy for refugees of African origin in Australian classrooms. We report on an interview study conducted in an intensive English language school for new arrival adolescents and in three regular secondary schools. Brian Street’s ideological model is used. From this perspective, literacy entails not only technical skills, but also social and cultural ways of making meaning that are embedded within relations of power. The findings showed that teachers were strengthening control of instruction to enable mastery of technical capabilities in basic literacy and genre analysis. We suggest that this approach should be supplemented by a critical approach transforming relations of linguistic power that exclude, marginalise and humiliate the study students in the classroom.

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ID Code: 40750
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: adolescents,, classroom discourse, ESL, literacy, pedagogy
DOI: 10.1080/09500782.2011.573075
ISSN: 0950-0782
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [Language and Education]. [Language and Education] is available online at informaworld
Deposited On: 15 Mar 2011 21:29
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2013 03:42

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