Portraits of Literacy Across Families Communities and Schools

Author: Jim Anderson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135615527
Format: PDF, Docs
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Designed to stimulate debate and critical thinking and to draw readers' attention to the ideological nature of literacy education across a broad range of literacy contexts, this book crosses traditional boundaries between the study of family, community, and school literacies to offer a unique global perspective on multiple literacies, from theory to case studies of various settings. These examples suggest ways that literacy practices should be created by simultaneously shaping relationships and identity, and by privileging particular literacy practices in particular situations. The dialogue within the book among chapter authors writing across traditionally distinct fields highlights the interconnections among diverse literacy sites and stimulates the pursuit of a more integrated and interdisciplinary approach to literacy education. The critical and dialogic approach serves to challenge and extend many conventional notions surrounding literacy education in communities, schools, and families. Portraits of Literacy Across Families, Communities, and Schools: Intersections and Tensions is particularly relevant for scholars and students in the area of literacy, broadly speaking, including family literacy, community literacy, adult literacy, critical language studies, multiliteracies, youth literacy, English as a second language, language and social policy, and global literacy. Additionally, the inclusion of studies derived from a variety of research methods and designs makes this is a useful text in research methodology courses that aim to present and analyze real-life examples of literacy research designs and methods.

Portraits of Everyday Literacy for Social Justice

Author: Susan Jones
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319759450
Format: PDF, ePub
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Based on an ethnographic study involving three families who live on a Midlands council housing estate, this book presents portraits of everyday lives - and the literacy practices that are part of them - as a way to explore the complex relationship between literacy and social justice. Each portrait focuses on a different aspect of literacy in everyday life: drawing on perspectives offered by the long and diverse tradition of literacy studies, each is followed by discussion of a different way of looking at literacy and what this means for social justice. The lens of literacy allows us to see the challenges faced by many families and communities as a result of social policy, and how a narrow view of literacy is often implicated within these challenges. It also illustrates the ways in which literacy practices are powerful resources in the creative and collaborative navigation of everyday lives. Arguing for the importance of looking carefully at everyday literacy in order to understand the intertwining factors that threaten justice, this book positions literary research and education as central to the struggle for wider social change. It will be of interest and value to researchers, educators and students of literacy for social justice.

Family Literacy Matters

Author: Linda Phillips
Publisher: Brush Education
ISBN: 9781550593396
Format: PDF, Kindle
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By following families over three years the authors have convincingly shown the power of a family literacy program to change lives. At the broadest level their conclusions will come as little surprise to anyone in the literacy field -- the children with the greatest need benefited the most, and parents with at least high school education could help their children the most. The real richness of this volume, however lies in the depth of detail. The parents involved in the program told the researchers they were generally paying more attention to printed material, reading more often and wanted to learn how to improve their literacy. They became more sophisticated in gauging their children's literacy skills and more sure of their own abilities to help those children.

Literacy and Social Inclusion

Author: Eve Bearne
Publisher: Trentham Books Limited
ISBN: 9781858563893
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Although social inclusion has been high on government agendas for some years, there have been few attempts at policy level to examine the issues relating to literacy education. Many social and cultural groups feel alienated from traditional models of literacy education and some learners continue to underachieve. This book develops insights into how to address these challenges. Terms such as "social inclusion" and "social exclusion" are defined, explored, and related to literacy education by contributors who are renowned in the field. They deal with issues of literacy and social class, race, gender, language, and sexuality. They offer insights into current concerns in these areas, and they outline curricula and pedagogical approaches which address underachievement and disaffection. The book challenges traditional deficit notions of "at risk" communities and argues that the onus for change needs instead to be at policy level. The book is essential reading for all those concerned with ensuring that literacy education, as inscribed in institutions, meets the needs and interests of all learners and closes the gaps between home, community, and school. The contributors are Viv Bird, Victoria Carrington, Barbara Comber, Julia Davies, Eve Gregory, Gemma Moss, Kate Pahl, Brian Street and Mark Vicars.

Adult Literacy Numeracy Language

Author: Lyn Tett
Publisher: Open University Press
ISBN: 9780335219377
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The book shows how the social practice approach to learning and teaching can be used to develop more inclusive views of adult literacy, numeracy and language.

Literacy for the New Millennium Adolescent literacy

Author: Barbara J. Guzzetti
Publisher: Praeger Publishers
ISBN: 9780275989941
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"Living in an age of communication, literacy is an extremely integral part of our society. We are impacted by literature during our infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. This work includes information from specialists in the field who discuss the influence of popular culture, media, and technology on literacy. Together, they offer a comprehensive outline of the study and practice of literacy in the United States. The first volume, Early Literacy, covers infancy and early childhood. Topics such as oral language development, phonics, beginning writing, storytelling and drama, and instruction for second language learners and special needs children are all addressed. Volume two, Childhood Literacy, includes information on popular approaches to reading instruction, children's literature, spelling, computer and instructional technology, book clubs, and after-school programs. Adolescent Literacy, the third volume, covers supplementary literacy programs for at-risk adolescents, literacy tutors, young adult literature, gender issues, digital literacy, and blogging. Finally, volume four, Adult Literacy, offers chapters on adult basic education, programs for English language learners, and workplace literacy."--publisher's description.

Handbook of research on new literacies

Author: Julie Coiro
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum
ISBN: 9780805856521
Format: PDF
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Situated at the intersection of two of the most important areas in educational research today a " literacy and technology a " this handbook draws on the potential of each while carving out important new territory. It provides leadership for this newly emerging field, directing scholars to the major issues, theoretical perspectives, and interdisciplinary research pertaining to new literacies. Reviews of research are organized into six sections: Methodologies Knowledge and Inquiry Communication Popular Culture, Community, and Citizenship: Everyday Literacies Instructional Practices and Assessment Multiple Perspectives on New Literacies Research FEATURES Brings together a diverse international team of editors and chapter authors Provides an extensive collection of research reviews in a critical area of educational research Makes visible the multiple perspectives and theoretical frames that currently drive work in new literacies Establishes important space for the emerging field of new literacies research Includes a unique Commentary section: The final section of the Handbook reprints five central research studies. Each is reviewed by two prominent researchers from their individual, and different, theoretical position. This provides the field with a sense of how diverse lenses can be brought to bear on research as well as the benefits that accrue from doing so. It also provides models of critical review for new scholars and demonstrates how one might bring multiple perspectives to the study of an area as complex as new literacies research. The Handbook of Research on New Literacies is intended for the literacy research community, broadly conceived, including scholars and students from the traditional reading and writing research communities in education and educational psychology as well as those from information science, cognitive science, psychology, sociolinguistics, computer mediated communication, and other related areas that find literacy to be an important area of investigation.