The journal Literacy and Numeracy Studies published by the University of Technology, Sydney has recently published an article about the Reading and Writing Group at A Place to Belong.
The article is called “He was learning to read, but he wasn’t learning to live :Socially inclusive learning in a community setting” by Greg Marston of QUT and Jeffrey Johnson-Abdelmalik .
The link to the journal article http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/lnj/issue/view/350
In October 2014, Anglicare Southern Qld published the report “He was learning to read, but he wasn’t learning to live.” based on a year’s research in 2013 into the Reading and Writing Group. To quote from the Conclusion to the report :
“RAW is a small community-based program doing remarkable work. The teachers and the tutors do not shy away from some difficult problems. The flexibility, good humour and commitment from the teacher and the tutors and the staff of A Place to Belong who interact with the program is evident. So, what can a small program like this teach the wider community? It reinforces the close link between literacy and social inclusion. In practice, the streams of literacy training and social inclusion work are often siloed. TAFE provides training in reading and writing skills but it is left to other agencies to do the work of social inclusion. What is missed in this approach is the gestalt of shared understandings and knowledge about these deeply connected needs.”
Read report… He was learning to read, but he wasn’t learning to live