Confirmation of Candidature - Jemima Rillera Kempster

Mon 14 Mar 2022 2:00pm


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Part 1: Recording here

Part 2: Recording here

Learning in/from lockdowns: An investigation of the impact of COVID-19 on low literate adult learners in migrant language programs


Adult learners with limited or interrupted formal education were considered one of the most vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many educational institutions, including migrant language programs, shifted to online learning due to extended or recurrent school closures. Accessing and navigating this new learning environment, typically through their smartphones, has highlighted the importance of digital literacy skills for low literate adult learners. Limited proficiency or experience with print and technology in their home and target languages has significantly impacted access to timely and accurate health information, advice, and directives. This qualitative study seeks to examine and understand the identity and capacity of low literate adult language learners through Education Journey Mapping that explore key relationships, spaces, obstacles, and investment in their educational trajectory. It will also investigate how literacy practices using personal electronic devices during the pandemic can enhance language learning and digital literacy skills in migrant language programs, thereby promoting adult education and lifelong learning that equips society's most vulnerable groups for future emergencies and crises

Dr Simone Smala (principal)
Dr Kate McLay (associate)
Dr Sue Creagh (associate)

Dr. Obaid Hamid
Dr Stephen Heimans

Date: 14 March 2022                             

Time: 2pm

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All HDR candidates and advisors are welcome to attend Jemima's presentation.