Exploring the Role of Literacy in Students' Writing Development in the Further Education and Vocational Education Sector

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This paper seeks to address an important issue in Further Education English studies: where the position of writing lies within instrumental models of literacy and how this can be challenged in a Further Education context by developing a more critical, pedagogical approach. Exploration of this issue is realised through discussions centred on the notion of ‘Functional Skills’, which explicate how a focus on ‘text’ types and skills acquisition fails to take into account the students’ own literacies and socially-situated cultural resources that often lie outside of the dominant ‘system’ of school writing. Two case studies of student writing that are positioned outside of qualification-led assessment convention will serve to illustrate and emphasise the rich literacies that these students have command of, and are inducted into. The paper concludes by championing a socially-situated definition of literacy that offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their competency in language in a manner they are comfortable with.

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Smith M. (2016) “Exploring the Role of Literacy in Students' Writing Development in the Further Education and Vocational Education Sector”, Teaching in Lifelong Learning. 7(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.5920/till.2016.714

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