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Challenges of academic literacy for in-service teachers

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dc.contributor.author Roy, Irene, J.
dc.contributor.author Van Wyk, Jaqueline, M.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-06T11:24:31Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-06T11:24:31Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11622/126
dc.description.abstract The teaching and facilitation of academic literacy skills in English second language for in-service teachers presents a challenge in the light of the increased enrolment of un- and under-qualified teachers on the National Professional Diploma in Education (NPDE). The course aimed to up-skill teachers to meet the minimum standards as required for the profession. Fundamental Literacy, a core module on the NPDE course, was designed to support and equip in-service teachers as students, with sufficient academic literacy skills to complete the teaching qualification successfully. This qualitative study explored the academic experiences of part-time in-service teachers in the fundamental literacy module. The collected data was analysed thematically to understand in-service teachers’ experiences of the module and the support needed to ensure academic success. Findings suggest that adult learners experience anxiety upon entering the higher education environment. Factors outside the educational sphere (i.e. home and work) presented major obstacles to their success as students. In-service teachers are oriented to more social ways of learning as opposed to an individualised and autonomous method of studying. Teamwork and scaffolding techniques accommodated the unique linguistic and cultural needs of this mature learner cohort. It is recommended that a more innovative and collaborative approach to learning is considered with in-service teachers. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher The IIE en_US
dc.subject Academic literacy en_US
dc.subject Higher education en_US
dc.subject Adult learining en_US
dc.subject Teacher training en_US
dc.subject Literacy skills en_US
dc.subject English second language en_US
dc.subject Fundamental literacy en_US
dc.title Challenges of academic literacy for in-service teachers en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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    This collection contains approved preprints for submission to "The Independent Journal of Teaching and Learning" the accredited open access journal published by The IIE. ISSN: 1818-9687.

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