Teaching practice in the making: Shaping and reshaping the field of adult language, literacy and numeracy teaching

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Adult Learning Australia
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Australian Journal Of Adult Learning, 2012, 52 (1), pp. 9 - 38
Issue Date:
2012-01
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The field of adult language, literacy and numeracy in Australia is a site of struggle as policy changes, new learner groups and new economic imperatives challenge teachers' expertise and beliefs about good teaching practice. This article examines the ways in which experienced adult language, literacy and numeracy teachers shape and reshape their practices within this tricky and treacherous terrain. Using Bourdieu's analytical tools of field and habitus as a theoretical framework, and Kumaravadivelu's notion of postmethod pedagogy as a lens for observation and interpretation, the paper analyses the ways in which four experienced teachers shape and reshape their classroom practice to create transformative learning for their learners.
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