2016 Conference

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2015 VALBEC conference

Several presenters have provided their sessions, we'll add more here.

A great day! Thanks to Sally Hutchison for the selected pics.

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VALBEC says 'thank you'

Jan Hagston (left) and Pauline O’Maley (right) were recently recognised with ‘Life membership’ citations at the 2015 AGM

A Fuller Sense of Self

A Fuller Sense of SelfDuring 2010, Tricia Bowen recorded the stories of adult literacy students across Melbourne and regional Victoria. The aim of the project was to gather stories which illuminated the lives and learning experiences of these students, while describing the challenges they faced, the events that had provoked their decision to return to 'school', and ultimately how their lives had changed and shifted following that decision to undertake adult education. Their stories reflect a changing sense of personal identity and growth in self confidence to engage with the world.

This publication is now available for download.

'Reading the Fine Print: A history of the Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council (VALBEC) 1978 – 2008'

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Author Beverley Campbell has been involved in education for thirty-five years, twenty-five of those in adult literacy education. She is a past president of VALBEC (1989-91) and a former member of the Adult Community and Further Education Board of Victoria.

'Fancy Footwork: adult educators thinking on their feet'

(Eds. D Bradshaw, B Campbell, A Clemans)

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Fancy FootworkTravel in the footsteps of a group of women adult educators who, in their desire to explore the spirit of adult education, met and wrote regularly over two years. Their reflections take you inside their world and they share what teaching means to them. Writing of joys, dilemmas and dangers, they reveal the complexities of teachers' lives and teaching work. Read these stories and you might very well find yourself heading in new directions.