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LRDG seminar: What do we mean by 'functional'? A workshop by Amy Burgess and Roz Ivanic

Date: 1 May 2007 Time: 1.00 pm

Literacy Research Centre Seminar Series Tuesday 1 May 2007 (Week 2)1-2 pm, Meeting Room 1INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIESWhat do we mean by 'functional'?A Workshop led by Amy Burgess and Roz IvaničThe term 'functional' is used to describe 'literacy', 'skills', people, theories and more. Its meanings range from relatively positive ones: 'functional' meaning 'to get something done' as opposed to 'for its own sake', to negative ones: 'functional' as opposed to 'socially situated', creative, or critical. Educators might want to ask whether the kinds of literacy they teach are 'functional' in the sense of fit for purpose - which begs the question whose purposes are we talking about? In this workshop we will provide a space for discussion of these issues, and of others you might want to raise.Everyone welcome.

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