Conformative and disruptive contributions in 'Skills for Life' classrooms

Oughton, Helen M. (2012) Conformative and disruptive contributions in 'Skills for Life' classrooms. Studies in the Education of Adults, 44 (2). pp. 204-224. ISSN 0266-0830

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This study examines how adult numeracy students drew on their informal knowledge in their classrooms; using audio-recordings of naturally-occurring discussions as they worked together to solve mathematical problems. Analysis of the recordings not only reveals the knowledge which the participating students contributed to their discussions, but also illuminates how they responded to, and appeared to value, each other’s contributions. Although students were found frequently to share knowledge about curricular and examination requirements, they rarely shared knowledge about out-of-classroom numeracy practices, even when their learning activities gave them opportunities to do so. Drawing on Bourdieu’s notions of habitus and field, it is suggested that students’ reluctance to draw on their out-of-classroom practices is due to the historically-constituted values which they themselves place on different types of knowledge. A typology of conformative and disruptive knowledge contributions is proposed, which attempts to reconcile transformative ideals with the constraints of the contemporary classroom.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adult numeracy, numeracy practices, Skills for Life, conformative and disruptive knowledges, habitus
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Education
Depositing User: Sarah Taylor
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2016 09:35
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2016 09:35
Identification Number: 10.1080/02660830.2012.11661633

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