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Tom Woodin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091117

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091117.001.0001

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A beginner reader is not a beginner thinker

A beginner reader is not a beginner thinker

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Working-class writing and publishing in the late-twentieth century

Tom Woodin

Manchester University Press

The writing produced by adult literacy students emerged out of a distinct educational and cultural setting. Student writing itself represented a significant example of learning. The writing itself tended to be simple and clear representations of working class life and voices. The experience of ‘failure’ in education was a powerful one that formed the basis for personal expression. Experience was seen to put the student in control. Political issues and writing beyond the third person were also encouraged, with mixed results. In the changed context of the 1990s, new stories based on humorous episodes helped to represent students as normal rather than oppressed. Yet social justice continued to inflect the writing and there were attempts to move students into the wider network of writing groups.

Keywords:   Adult literacy, Literacy, Working class, Writing, Publishing

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