A literacy educator's approach to designing a trade professional program for third year apprentices

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Norton, Patsy. 2009. "A literacy educator's approach to designing a trade professional program for third year apprentices." 2009 AATE/ALEA National Conference: Bridging Divides: Ensuring Access, Equity and Quality in Literacy and English Education. Hobart, Australia 09 - 12 Jul 2009 Adelaide, Australia.
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A literacy educator's approach to designing a trade professional program for third year apprentices

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AuthorNorton, Patsy
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 2009 AATE/ALEA National Conference
Number of Pages23
Year2009
Place of PublicationAdelaide, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.englishliteracyconference.com.au/index.php?id=60&year=09
Conference/Event2009 AATE/ALEA National Conference: Bridging Divides: Ensuring Access, Equity and Quality in Literacy and English Education
Event Details
2009 AATE/ALEA National Conference: Bridging Divides: Ensuring Access, Equity and Quality in Literacy and English Education
Event Date
09 to end of 12 Jul 2009
Event Location
Hobart, Australia
Abstract

Adult learning experiences that support the construction of situated and distributed knowledge are favoured by contemporary situative learning theorists. Such experiences are educative rather than miseducative, characterised by continuity and connectedness. Within the VET sector, these are particularly effective when coupled with literacy strategies within a carefully designed curriculum program. Despite strong support for this approach, more attention could be given to curriculum design and pedagogy within the VET context.
This paper reports on a successful program that provided educative experiences for third year apprentices in the power industry. Three elements of the program are examined, these being integration, customisation and the implementation of literacy learning strategies, with regard to supporting theory and examples of learning experiences. It concludes that well designed curriculum programs with embedded literacy strategies can engage these adult learners and support them in accessing formal qualifications.

Keywordsliteracy learning; adult learning; situated learning; VET curriculum design
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390104. English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
390114. Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy
390308. Technical, further and workplace education
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
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