Grassroots Literacy

Author: Jan Blommaert
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113409244X
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What effect has globalization had on our understanding of literacy? Grassroots Literacy seeks to address the relationship between globalization and the widening gap between ‘grassroots’ literacies, or writings from ordinary people and local communities, and ‘elite’ literacies. Displaced from their original context to elite literacy environments in the form of letters, police declarations and pieces of creative writing, ‘grassroots’ literacies are unsurprisingly easily disqualified, either as ‘bad’ forms of literacy, or as messages that fail to be understood. Through close analysis of two unique, handwritten documents from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jan Blommaert considers how ‘grassroots’ literacy in the Third World develops outside the literacy-saturated environments of the developed world. In examining these documents produced by socially and economically marginalized writers Blommaert demonstrates how literacy environments should be understood as relatively autonomous systems. Grassroots Literacy will be key reading for students of language and literacy studies as well as an invaluable resource for anyone with an interest in understanding the implications of globalization on local literacy practices.

Literacy Emotion And Authority

Author: Niko Besnier
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521485395
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In this study Niko Besnier analyzes the transformation of the Polynesian community of Nukulaelae from a nonliterate into a literate society, using a contemporary perspective that emphasizes literacy as a social practice embedded in a socio-cultural context. His case study, which has implications for understanding literacy in other societies, illuminates the relationship between norm and practice, between structure and agency, and between group and individual.

African Literacies

Author: Kasper Juffermans
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443868264
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Africa is often depicted as the continent with the lowest literacy rates in the world. Moving beyond this essentialising representation, this volume explores African literacies within their complex and diverse multilingual and multiscriptal histories and contexts of use. The chapters examine contexts from the Maghreb to Mozambique and from Senegambia to the Horn of Africa and critically analyse multiple literacy genres and practices – from ancient manuscripts to instant messaging – in relation to questions of language-in-education and policy, livelihoods, Islamic scholarship, colonialism, translocal migration, and writing systems. As a whole, the book serves as an advanced introduction to language and society in Africa seen through the lens of literacy, and marks a unique contribution to scholarship in literacy studies offering a convenient collection of perspectives on and from Africa.

Multilingual Literacies Identities And Ideologies

Author: Tony Capstick
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137569786
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This book explores the language and literacy practices which sustain transnational migration across generations and across traditional boundaries such as school and home. The author has conducted extensive fieldwork in Pakistan and the UK to study migration between the two countries. Individuals’ access to the dominant literacies of migration are contrasted with the vernacular practices which migrants take up at home as part of their digital literacies. The study explores the blurring of boundaries between home and school as well as the blurring of boundaries between language varieties. Tracing access to literacy in this way also shines a light on the literacy mediators migrants turn to for help with English language learning and when trying to access the bureaucratic literacies of migration. The study ends by exploring how migrants use all of their language resources, not just English, to fit into their new homes once they have arrived in the UK.

Adolescent Literacies

Author: Kathleen A. Hinchman
Publisher: Guilford Publications
ISBN: 146253452X
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Showcasing cutting-edge findings on adolescent literacy teaching and learning, this unique handbook is grounded in the realities of students' daily lives. It highlights research methods and instructional approaches that capitalize on adolescents' interests, knowledge, and new literacies. Attention is given to how race, gender, language, and other dimensions of identity--along with curriculum and teaching methods--shape youths' literacy development and engagement. The volume explores innovative ways that educators are using a variety of multimodal texts, from textbooks to graphic novels and digital productions. It reviews a range of pedagogical approaches; key topics include collaborative inquiry, argumentation, close reading, and composition.

Multilingual Learners And Academic Literacies

Author: Daniella Molle
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317540026
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Shifting the discourse from a focus on academic language to the more dynamic but less researched construct of academic literacies, this volume addresses three key questions: • What constitutes academic literacy? • What does academic literacy development in adolescent multilingual students look like and how can this development be assessed? • What classroom contexts foster the development of academic literacies in multilingual adolescents? The contributing authors provide divergent definitions of academic literacies and use dissimilar theoretical and methodological approaches to study literacy development. Nevertheless, all chapters reflect a shared conceptual framework for examining academic literacies as situated, overlapping, meaning-making practices. This framework foregrounds students’ participation in valued disciplinary literacy practices. Emphasized in the new college and career readiness standards, the notion of disciplinary practices allows the contributing authors to bridge the language/content dichotomy, and take a more holistic as well as nuanced view of the demands that multilingual students face in general education classrooms. The volume also explores the implications of the emphasis on academic literacy practices for classroom instruction, research, and policy.

Literacy Practices In Transition

Author: Anne Pitkänen-Huhta
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
ISBN: 1847698409
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In this volume, scholars from the Nordic countries explore transitional processes around literacy in education in our contemporary complex and mobile society. Drawing on sociocultural theory, the chapters provide close, empirical analyses of identity construction, life trajectories, practices, concepts and politics in and around literacy in education.

Literacy And Education

Author: Kate Pahl
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446268039
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Literacy and Education continues to be an accessible guide to current theory on literacy with practical applications in the classroom. This new edition has a new focus on the ecologies of literacy and on participatory and visual ways of researching literacy. The new edition examines - new literacy studies - material culture and literacy - digital literacies - the ecological, place-based approaches to literacy education - timescales and identities, and - ways in which research has moved on to inform literacy education. Classroom teachers, teacher trainers and students of literacy will find this a user-friendly guide to new theory in literacy education, clearly demonstrating how to implement this theory in the classroom in a way that is inclusive and listens to the students of today.

Adult Literacy And Development

Author: Alan Rogers
Publisher: National Inst of Adult Continuing
ISBN: 9781862015746
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This book draws upon the authors' extensive experience in adult literacy promotion in many different countries of the developing world and in the West, as well as on the work of many others (both researchers and practitioners), to understand what literacy means in different contexts and to develop new ways in which the uses of literacy can be promoted. They advocate the use of ethnographic approaches to explore the nature of everyday literacy practices, especially those learned through informal learning. In seeking new ways of promoting literacy, they argue that the two fields of the informal learning of informal literacies and the formal learning of formal literacies can form an alliance - that each can build on the other to increase the literacy practices in everyday use. The book is brought to life with stories drawn from experience and is illustrated with photographs of adult literacy practices in different international contexts. It will appeal to all those concerned with adult literacy, including practitioners and policy makers, planners and trainers, and researchers and students in development and educational programs.

Ethnography Superdiversity And Linguistic Landscapes

Author: Dr. Jan Blommaert
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
ISBN: 1783090421
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Superdiversity has rendered familiar places, groups and practices extraordinarily complex, and the traditional tools of analysis need rethinking. In this book, Jan Blommaert investigates his own neighbourhood in Antwerp, Belgium, from a complexity perspective. Using an innovative approach to linguistic landscaping, he demonstrates how multilingual signs can be read as chronicles documenting the complex histories of a place. The book can be read in many ways: as a theoretical and methodological contribution to the study of linguistic landscape; as one of the first monographs which addresses the sociolinguistics of superdiversity; or as a revision of some of the fundamental assumptions of social science through the use of chaos and complexity theory as an inspiration for understanding the structures of contemporary social life.