n Education as Change - Advancing critical thinking about adult basic education through academic service learning

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To educate university students to be critical engagers of ABET requires the reorganisation of the educational sites in ways that enable students to make rulings about how society is historically and socially constructed. Academic service-learning is a pedagogy that lends itself to such reorganisation and outcomes. In this article I report on research that I conducted on how an academic service learning module can advance critical citizenship in students. After the initial lecture sessions in the university classroom, the students are placed at an ABET center where they experience first hand the academic and social environment of the ABET learner. Data was collected through reflective journals and a focused reflective interview with the students after their service period was completed. Based on my analysis of their reflective journal entries and transcriptions, the findings show that the B Ed Honours students grew personally and professionally. The narratives that they produced were emancipatory in that students started questioning their own biases about non-literate learners as knowledge makers as well as the roles that politics and power play in shaping educational experiences. Furthermore, the students became more reflective about their own roles as educators and the consequence of their actions on their own students in schools.


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