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).
|Journal||Australian Journal of Adult Learning|
|Early online date||31 Jul 2018|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 31 Jul 2018|
- Adult literacy
- bonds of care
- female empowerment
- transformation. Adult education