Not a shirt on my back, not a penny to my name”: an insight on the english language literacy of street adolescents and pedagogical practices of an alternative school

Raslie, Humaira and Jamaluddin, Sharizan (2013) Not a shirt on my back, not a penny to my name”: an insight on the english language literacy of street adolescents and pedagogical practices of an alternative school. Issues in Language Studies, 2 (2). pp. 40-52. ISSN 2180-2726

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Abstract

This study examined the presence of dominant literacy and the pedagogical scaffolding in an English Language learning classroom of an alternative school in Malaysia. Focusing on street children, two questions were stipulated to guide the research process: (1) What are the dominant practices vis-à-vis English language literacy present during teaching and learning session? and (2) How does the facilitator provide scaffolding for the students in acquiring the dominant practices of English literacy?. An observation was conducted at the research site and the data gathered was thematically analysed using the operative paradigms of New Literacy Studies and Hegemony. Consequently, it was found that the alternative school’s learning system showed an inclination towards autonomous practices. However, the scaffolding efforts made by the instructor managed to fairly bridge the knowledge gap between the education system and the students. This research therefore advocates that alternative school’s teaching and learning process should remove itself from the autonomous shadow of mainstream schools. In order to provide a holistic and contextualised learning environment for its marginalised clients, there is a pivotal need to acknowledge their unique socio-cultural schemata. This could be accomplished by adding ideological approaches to the existing pedagogical practices.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, UNIMAS
Uncontrolled Keywords: literacy, alternative school, street children, marginalized community, autonomous paradigm, ideological paradigm, UNIMAS, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, IPTA, education, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Centre for Language Studies (rebranded to FLSCS in 2015)
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2014 07:42
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2015 03:16
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/580

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