Literacies for Learning in Further Education
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Economic and Social Research Council

Teaching and Learning Research Programme (Extension to Wales )


Research team: Professor Marilyn Martin-Jones (Project Director), Professor Roz Ivanic ( Lancaster University ) and Dr Daniel Chandler (University of Wales,Aberystwyth)

This research focused on the use and development of bilingual literacies as Welsh-speaking students participated in Further Education (F.E.) courses. It investigated the interaction between 'informal' vernacular literacy practices (reading, writing and uses of texts, in different languages and modalities, and involving different technologies) and bilingual practices entailed in the more 'formal' institutional settings of post-compulsory education. The main aims were: (1) to identify actual and potential 'border' literacies which are pivotal to learning in a digital age; (2) to incorporate these literacies into the design and implementation of a bilingual curriculum development project. The research was conducted in close research partnership with staff in one F.E. college in North Wales . It extended the existing TLRP project on Literacies for Learning in Further Education to a bilingual context, opening up opportunities for incorporating new comparative dimensions to the empirical work and new opportunities for theory-building (e.g. extending the notion of 'border' literacies). The research was particularly timely since a strategic framework for the consolidation and extension of Welsh-medium and bilingual provision within the post-16 sector in Wales was being put in place. The findings will contribute directly to the development of evidence-based policy and practice.

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Marilyn Martin-Jones (0121)414 48632

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