Charting an Asian Trajectory for Literacy Education Connecting Past, Present and Future Literacies
Weaving outwards from a centripetal force of biographical stances, this book presents the collective perspectives of literacy researchers from Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Taiwan. It represents the first all-Asian initiative to showcase the region’s post-colonial, multilingual and multicultural narratives of literacy education. This book provides a much-needed platform that initiates important conversations about literacy as a sociocultural practice in a region that is both challenged and shaped by sociocultural influence unique to Asia’s historical and geopolitical trajectory. Driven by the authors’ lived experiences of becoming literate as well as their empirical research work in later years, each chapter brings decades of biographical narratives and collective empirical research findings to bear. Within the book are negotiations about literacy across and within home and school contexts; transactions of literature, text and reader; and considerations of the literacy policy-practice nexus. These trajectories, while divergent in their issues, come together as shared lived experience located in local contexts considered through global perspectives. As Asia looks set to become the 21st century’s new economic and labour force, the need to understand the sociocultural milieu of this region cannot be understated. This book on literacy education in Asia contributes to the larger narrative.
Introduction (Su Li Chong) SECTION 1: NEGOTIATING LIVED LITERACY ACROSS AND WITHIN HOME-SCHOOL CONTEXTS 1. Negotiating School Literacy from Preschool to Adulthood: Examples from Singapore (Mukhlis Abu Bakar) 2. Where literacy practices collide: Exploring the relationship between home-school language and literacy practices of minority indigenous children from underprivileged background (Sumathi Renganathan) 3. The Reading-Writing Connection: The Literacy Strengths and Weaknesses of ESL Filipino College Students Based on Diagnostic Test Results (Lalaine F. Yanilla Aquino) SECTION 2: CONTRASTING TRANSACTIONS OF LITERATURE, TEXT AND ASIAN READERS 4. From the Lianhuan Hua to the Picturebook: A Glimpse into the Evolution of Literacy Education and Research in China (Xiao-fei Shi) 5. A journey to matching reader and text (Dahlia Janan) 6. Articulating abstractions: Building teacher-students connections in the literature classroom (Priscilla Angela T. Cruz) 7. Changes for the better? A perspective based on post-secondary Literature in English in Malaysia (Jia Wei Lim) 8. The role of comic books in literacy education in Taiwan (Yi-Shan Tsai) SECTION 3: RE-IMAGINING ASIA’S LITERACY POLICY-PRACTICE NEXUS 9. Lived experiences of literacy learning in Singapore from the past to present and lessons for the future: the relationship between familial and institutional habitus in situated contexts (Chin Ee Loh) 10. The changes of English Language and Literature in English Education since WWII: The case of Hong Kong (Faye Dorcas Yung) 11. An investigation of language use and literacy among primary school students in Brunei (Malai Zeiti Sheikh Abdul Hamid) 12. Broadening meaning-making: Towards a Framework for Respect in Literacy Education (FRiLE) in Malaysia (Su Li Chong)