Valorising student literacies in social work education: Pedagogic possibilities through action research

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Schneider, Britta and Daddow, Angela 2017. Valorising student literacies in social work education: Pedagogic possibilities through action research. Pedagogy Culture and Society. 25 (2), pp. 157 - 170. https://doi.org/10.1080/14681366.2016.1233451
AuthorsSchneider, Britta and Daddow, Angela
Abstract

As higher education has shifted from an elite to an internationalised and massified system, we can no longer assume that students entering Western universities are familiar with the multiple literacy expectations of the university and professional worlds. Students are required to negotiate between different literacy practices, imbued with differential power in their everyday, disciplinary and professional settings. This paper argues that diverse students’ literacies can be valorised and harnessed as assets for learning. The authors re-designed curricula in the Bachelor of Social Work in an Australian university making elite codes explicit; using students’ everyday literacies as a bridge to new knowledge; and introducing the notion of ‘code-switching’ between literacies. The authors found that both disciplinary learning and the acquisition of multiple literacies were enabled, without colonising students in more dominant literacies. We encourage the exploration of such learning spaces in other disciplines, to build socially inclusive pedagogies which resource all students equitably in a massified education system.

KeywordsDiversity in higher education; socially inclusive pedagogies; collaborative curriculum development; code-switching; academic literacies
Year2017
JournalPedagogy Culture and Society
Journal citation25 (2), pp. 157 - 170
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1468-1366
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14681366.2016.1233451
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84987654791
Page range157 - 170
Research GroupLearning and Teaching Centre
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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