Mon, 11 Apr

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Online event

Talking Literacy

Dr Oscar Eybers from the University of Pretoria will present a workshop titled, "Denormalising students' epistemicide in the teaching and assessment of academic literacies in South African universities."

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Talking Literacy

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11 Apr, 14:00 – 15:00 SAST

Online event

About the event

Epistemicide is the imposition of a social group's knowledge systems on another that results in extinction of the target population’s epistemology, languages, and way of being. In this workshop, Eybers’s thesis is some teaching, learning, and assessment practices around literacies in South African universities are normalising epistemicide among indigenous, African-languages and additional-language English speakers. In addition, Eybers bemoans the realism of racial segregation that is generated among first-year students due to fallacious literacies’ constructs influencing admissions practices. Eybers argues that the main causes of students’ epistemicide and racial segregation in South Africa’s universities result from hierarchical governance, confusion around articulation with the secondary-school system, and outdated constructs of literacy. After sharing data, concepts, and theory to warrant his stance, Eybers concludes his dialectic by sharing a Discourse ontology SAAALP members can apply to de-normalise epistemicide. The Discourse ontology is geared to integrate students’ epistemologies, disciplinary knowledge, and literacies that are relevant to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Finally, Eybers’s Discourse ontology is applicable toward emancipating students from racial segregation in literacies modules and literacies staff from Apartheid-era fallacies that constrain innovation and academic freedoms.

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