It's in our nature to define a thing in order to study it; we are human, we are things. We are the only things that exist in nature and from nature. We are objects and subjects who define ourselves through the medium of culture. "Culture is our biological strategy" (Cole, 2010). Through our humanly attempts to define things, we often generate questions whose answers reveal our hidden assumptions and stir our critical conscienciousness. If we are open-minded enough, we may be able to detect our objectivity-subjectivity, and how we are beings in a culture and from a culture.
In the pursuit of adult literacy studies on this wiki, we ask questions so that we can begin to define ourselves, recognize how it is that we see the world the way we do. This is our praxis. We pose questions such as these:
- Through what cultural lens do I view literacy?
- How is my literacy different from your literacy?
- What barriers to literacy education exist in my culture?
- Who controls what is considered literacy in my culture?
- How is literacy used as a control in my cultlure?
As we explore our answers, we can reveal the ideology of our own perspective and discover how we are in and of one reality among many. Where do we position ourselves in the larger realm of nature and how do we position others?
In the corresponding pages of this section of the wiki we will expand on the broad topics of adult literacy to include adult basic education, correctional education, literacy trends, and ESOL. Through our collaborative efforts to define and study these topics, we will help each other recognize ideology and perhaps reach a new level of critical awareness we could not otherwise do on our own.
(Input and editing welcomed here!)
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)Edit
ESOL topics w/ links here
The program covers foundations of literacy, adult learning theory, assessment and instruction and curriculum design. The five 3-credit hour courses focus are offered sequentially using the on-line Blackboard platform. For more information see the program information listed on the VCU web site.