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Ruskin College students : reading and autodidactism

2012 March 16
ruskin students at Avebury

Ruskin History students' visit to Avebury with guide and former student and MA Public History graduate - Brian Edwards

 

Continuity and Change: the Identity of the Political Reader

And

Radical Education: the Reader and the Self

Both these articles discuss the tradition of reading and autodidactism in Britain. They were written when I first started teaching at Ruskin College, Oxford and I was interested in the way in which students seemed to have read key works of an earlier generation. The interviews I conducted showed that many who defined themselves as political and readers also saw themselves as  separate  from contemporary lifestyles and ways of thinking.Their use of language to describe themselves was similar to that used by autodidacts writing autobiographically in the early twentieth century.

Continuity and Change: the Identity of the Political Reader

Changing English vol 3 no 2, 1996  pp. 209 – 218

Email me if you would like a PDF for personal use: hilda@hildakean.com

Radical Education: the Reader and the Self

Adult Education. Critical Intelligence and Social Change   (NIACE), 1995  eds Jane Thompson and Marjorie Mayo pp 58 – 68

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