Über schriftsprachliche Voraussetzungen demokratischer Teilhabe
Literacy and Civil Society: A Perspective on policy, theory and practice in the UK
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Professorin Mary Hamilton, Ph.D.,Professor of Adult Learning and Literacy, Lancaster University, England.
Thank you so much for inviting me. It‘s a great opportunity. I‘m really sorry but I have to speak in English. It‘s been a great frustration to me, not to be able to speak or listen to the papers delivered in the German language this morning. However, Laura has done a fantastic job of translating the main points and I can see many points of contact between what I want to say and what is already been said today. I hope I can make those connections.
As Klaus said, I work at the University of Lancaster and I‘m very fortunate to be part of a group of colleagues there, who have worked to develop an alternative way of seeing literacy as part of social practice, as part of everyday situated knowledge. I bring that understanding into my discussion today. I want to talk about the promises and paradoxes of literacy and democratic social political participation and I want to do so in the context of recent policy theory and praxis in the UK. We have just been through a period where you could say we have been carried along on a ‘wave’ of policy, where we had lots of funding and attention paid to adult literacy. The wave has now crested,...
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