Cod. MES003 - ABSTRACT


Title: DISCOURSE AND DIGITAL LITERACY FOR THE ANGOLANS: CHALLENGES AND INNOVATION IN EDUCATION

Authors / Institutions:

CHRISTINE MARIA SOARES DE CARVALHO/UNIVERSIDADE CATÓLICA DE BRASÍLIA (UCB)

Abstract: This research is about a project of the education and public outreach program called “Curso de Leitura e Produção de Textos para Angolanos” (Reading and Writing Course for the Angolans), which is a distance learning course offered to undergraduate and graduate students of the Distance Education branch in Angola. This course aims at responding, in an innovative way, to the challenges students face throughout their Higher Education, especially difficulties in dealing with the practices of digital literacy. The objective is investigating how the identities, systems of knowledge and beliefs (reality), and social relations are built and presented within the practices of digital literacy of the Angolans, understanding the means through which the course contributes to their academic and professional background, and just as how it prepares the students to act within a context with constant changes. The Critical Discourse Analysis proposed by Chouliaraki and Fairclough (1999) and Fairclough (2001; 2003) integrated with the Social Theory of Literacy by Barton, Hamilton e Ivanic (1998, 2000) enables one to perceive how writing can lead students to reconstructing and textually representing the reality, structures and social practices in which they are inserted. For this research, we have selected texts produced by Angolans throughout the course, from 2012 to 2014. This project is the result of an innovative action proposed by the university with the intention of resetting meanings to the educational processes and promoting an inextricable association between teaching, research and public outreach programs through the involvement of students of the Letters course in works of monitoring and research. Not only has that action contributed to the learning process, but also to the production of scientific knowledge and to the social transformation of the reality of these students and their community through means of the acquired knowledge.

Keywords: Discourse; digital literacy; innovation; higher education.