20 credits at level HE7
The module for which this assignment is designed examines theoretical frameworks attempting to explain the researched high levels of functional literacy need within the UK adult context and the national strategies instigated by the government to ameliorate the need. The module focuses on key theoretical issues that impact on adult literacy provision and covers topics such as: Models of literacy; discourse analysis; political issues in curriculum design; literacy practices; history of adult literacy provision; literacy
in developing countries; examination of current issues such as work-based training, employability training, family literacy, prison education, and under-represented groups within the post-compulsory sector. The assignment is to design, conduct and report on your own small-scale research study ensuring ethical practice is followed at all stages of the study.
Course members will:
• Choose a contemporary issue in literacy education of relevance to their professional interests and agree the title of the assignment with the tutor.
• Identify an appropriate research question (or questions) and plan ways of investigating the key issues
• Agree the research question(s) and plan of action with the tutor before proceeding. The tutor must approve the plan for the research.
• Review the literature in the chosen area.
• Follow the Education Department’s Ethical Practice as well as any other
relevant codes of ethical practice.
Course members will be required to submit an assignment of 3,500 words on an agreed aspect of literacy
of their choice and give an oral presentation of approximately 20 minutes based on their study to their peers.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have critically reviewed literature on a
topic covered on the module.
Produce an in-depth literature search that
identifies up-to-date and relevant sources
and critically review the literature
demonstrating an in-depth understanding
of the theoretical aspects.
|2.||Be able to relate theoretical approaches
from the literature credibly to your own
Undertake ethical research into an area of
literacy relevant to your own practice, draw
conclusions and make credible
suggestions about the improvement of
practice based on theory and the
relevance of theory to practice.
|3.||Have evaluated the impact of current
educational initiatives in the field of
literacy on basic skills students’ learning.
Read research studies critically and
design, conduct and report on your own
small-scale research study ensuring
ethical practice is followed at all stages of
|4.||Have analysed and reflected upon your
own research and identified key findings.
Critically review your own research and
discuss the most salient aspects
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Essay - 3,500 wors||Oral Presentation - 20 minutes|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
No restrictions apply.
Crowther, J., Hamilton, M. and Barton, D.(9eds), Powerful Literacies. Leicester: NIACE.
DfES (2004), Annual Review 2003-204. London: DfES.
DfES (2004), Putting People at the Heart of Public Services. London: DfES.
FEFC (1999), A Fresh Start - improving literacy and numeracy. (The Moser Report). London: DfES.
Finger, M. and Asun, J.M. (2001) Adult Education at the Crossroads. Leicester: NIACE.
Gallo, M.L. (2004), Reading the World of Work: A Learner-centred approach to workplace Literacy. London: Kreiger.
Hamilton, M. and Barton, D. (1989), Research and Practice in Adult Literacy. Sheffield University: Centre for Educational Management.
Scott, W. and Gough, S. (2004), Key issues in sustainable development and learning. London: Routledge Falmer.
Jackson, C. (2003), Working with Young adults. Leicester: NIACE.
Additional reading lists will be provided for the topics covered.
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