‘Learning to read and write is to defend yourself’: Exploring Indigenous perspectives and reimagining literacies for self-determination in Mexico

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Abstract

This study considers some of the ways in which engagements with literacies are embedded in social practices and produced and enacted through distinct ethnolinguistic and cultural histories. Drawing on research with learners and facilitators in an adult literacy program for Indigenous language speakers in Mexico, the findings reveal various meanings, values, and uses attached to literacies, including as a defense, a necessity, access to full knowledge, to express oneself, and to learn from one another. The study concludes that literacies are connected to the broader project of Indigenous self-determination
Original languageEnglish
Article number102992
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Development
Volume106
Early online date31 Jan 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2024

Keywords

  • Literacy
  • Indigenous education
  • Adult education
  • Lifelong learning
  • development

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