Journey Through Transformation: A Case Study of Two Adult Literacy Learners.

Vicky Duckworth, Gordon Ade-Ojo

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The study draws on life history, literacy studies and ethnographic approaches to exploring social practices as a frame to explore the narratives of two UK adult literacy learners, who provide a description of the value or otherwise of their engagement with a transformative curriculum and pedagogical approach. Whilst one of the learners reveals his frustration at the lack of transformative opportunities in his learning programme, the other offers illustration of how transformative learning can be encouraged and how it can actually transform the life of its beneficiaries. In essence, both case studies highlight some requirements of transformative learning. Bourdieu’s concepts of field, capitals and habitus are applied; the critical elements of these concepts essentially being tools for consciousness raising and increasing the flow of capitals, including linguistic capital, which challenge the notion of spoilt identities based on neoliberal individual accountability which fails to address the structures and hierarchies of power.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
JournalJournal of Transformative Education
Issue number4
Early online date18 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2016


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