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Dynamics of vocational literacy development in Mozambique
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education. (UMSER)
Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The study presented in this paper aims to provide a historical analysis of vocational literacy in Mozambique. In particular, the role of Non-Formal Vocational Education (NFVE) and the influences that shape it in the context of Mozambique are problematized. The analysis is carried out through the theoretical lens of Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT). Employing a CHAT approach, the study analyses the historical development of vocational literacy in formal and non-formal education in Mozambique, as well as current trends and perspectives. Methodologically the study was executed through an analysis of oral, printed and e-resources produced by the main stakeholders and also the reflective experiences of the authors in their extensive educational work in Mozambique. The findings show a strong dependence by formal and particularly NFVE sectors on the technical and financial support provided by international organisations. NFVE courses are characterised by a lack of adequate equipment and poor practice. As a consequence, theoretical or elementary forms of vocational knowledge are dominant in the courses. In general, vocational literacy development in Mozambique faces many challenges and is characterised by diverse internal contradictions.

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Nicosia, 2015.
Keyword [en]
Literacy, Mozambique, vocational education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-119457OAI: diva2:921102
International Conference "Literacy and Contemporary Society: Bridging sociocultural, philosophical, pedagogical and technological dimensions”, Nicosia, 23 - 24 October 2015
Available from: 2016-04-19 Created: 2016-04-19 Last updated: 2016-09-02Bibliographically approved

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