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Title: Aboriginal Maestras: ‘Bringing out our voices’ through the Yes, I can! Campaign
Contributor(s): Williamson, Frances  (author); Amazan, Rose  (author); Durnam, Deborah (author)
Publication Date: 2019
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Abstract: Previous studies have documented the personal transformation that many low literate adults undergo when they engage in literacy campaigns. In particular, research has captured how improved literacy leads to a greater willingness and capacity to speak out, or what is often referred to as voice. This paper focuses on the impact of an adult Aboriginal literacy campaign on those responsible for implementing it. Through the words of these 'maestras', we reveal how the teachers and trainers of the campaign, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, experience a similar trajectory of transformation to the literacy students. This transformation, we argue, is the result of the pedagogic relationship between students, local campaign staff and national trainers. This dialectical relationship in which teacher is learner and learner teacher is at the heart of the literacy campaign model and is part of what Giroux characterises as a radical theory of literacy and voice. We further argue that the impacts of the literacy campaign at the individual and collective levels and crucially, the sustainability of these impacts depend largely on this pedagogic relationship and the new, shared understanding of the world which results.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: ACAL 2019 Conference: Australian Council for Adult Literacy 2019 Conference, Sydney, Australia, 4th - 5th October, 2019
Grant Details: ARC/LP160100257
Source of Publication: Critical Re-imagining: Adult literacy and numeracy practices for sustainable development, p. 3-3
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
160805 Social Change
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 450299 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education not elsewhere classified
441004 Social change
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160205 Policies and development
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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