Women, adult literacy education and transformative bonds of care

Vicky Duckworth, Rob Smith

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Drawing on a research project: FE in England - Transforming Lives and Communities (sponsored by the University and College Union) to explore the intersection between women, literacy and adult education, this paper argues for the place of research in affirming localised understandings of education that cut across the grain of contemporary educational reform. In the context of the increasing dominance of a ‘skills’ discourse in education in the UK and reductions in funding targeted at adult education, this research project exposed how further education can still challenge and address hurt and often spoiled learning identities and counteract the objectification of the skills discourse through creating catalysing bridging bonds of care. The research data illustrate that further education offers organic transformative tools for consciousness-raising (Freire 1995) and a caring space where hope can act as a change agent that fuels women learners’ lives and teachers’ practice (Duckworth 2013; Duckworth and Smith 2017, 2018b).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-186
JournalAustralian Journal of Adult Learning
Issue number2
Early online date31 Jul 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Jul 2018


  • Adult literacy
  • bonds of care
  • female empowerment
  • transformation. Adult education

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