An alternative stance on literacy and development An alternative stance on literacy and development

BAICE Thematic Forum on ‘Challenging deficit discourses in international education and development’

(Funded by BAICE, 2015)

Two one-day seminars were organised and led to the publication of a Compare Special Issue on this theme.

Aikman, S., Robinson-Pant, A., McGrath, S., Jere, C., Cheffy, I., Themelis, S., Rogers, A.(2016) Challenging deficit discourses in international education and development in Compare: a journal of comparative and international education 46, pp. 314-334

Skills development and literacy

Building on his seminal research into informal learning, skills development and literacy, Alan Rogers published a paper in the CARE Working Paper series.  Skills development and literacy: some ethnographic challenges to policy and practice by Alan Rogers, brings together the areas of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), skills development and literacy. The paper seeks to challenge some common assumptions in the areas of the concept of ‘skills deficit’, the provision of more TVET programmes, and the relationship between skills training and literacy. The catalyst for this Working Paper was fieldwork undertaken by Alan in Afghanistan for two international agencies in 2005-6 and 2010-12 on projects combining skills development with adult literacy. The paper is available here: