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Constructing Adult Literacies at a Local Literacy Tutor-Training Program

From: Community Literacy Journal
Volume 7, Issue 2, Spring 2013
pp. 53-75 | 10.1353/clj.2013.0010



This study investigates how literacy was constructed at an adult literacy organization’s volunteer tutor-training program. By drawing on qualitative analysis of training texts used during training, such as training evaluations, and data gathered from interviews with experienced tutors, it is possible to identify the assumptions about literacy constructed by the training program and tutors’ training practices. Tutors seemed to present mixed assumptions about literacy: students simultaneously were given authority over their own literacy practices and literacy goals, while a sentiment of universally valued reading and writing skills was also present in terms of achieving fluency.