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Critical Perspectives on Global Literacies
Bridging Research and Practice

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ISBN 9781032335483
May 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
296 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers critical perspectives on global literacies, connecting research, theory, and practice. An emerging concept in the literacy field, many scholars agree on the need for students to develop global literacies, yet few agree on a widely accepted definition. Based on a synthesis of the literature, the editors formulate a definition of global literacies with four dimensions, including: literacy as a human right in all nations around the world; critical consumption and creation of multimodal texts about global issues; intercultural communication and reciprocal collaboration with globally diverse others; and transformative action for social and environmental justice that traverses borders. Taking this shared, proposed definition as a starting point, the chapters then offer contextualized examples of global literacies from K-12 and teacher education classrooms to make explicit links between research and practice. The contributors interact with and interrogate the book’s definition of global literacies using a common framework of critical theory. As such, this book provides both emerging and established scholars with critical frameworks for positioning global literacies in ways that are relevant, dynamic, and forward thinking.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Towards an Overarching Definition of Global Literacies
Shea N. Kerkhoff and Hiller A. Spires

Section I. Literacies as a Human Right in all Nations around the World

1. Geopolitics of Knowledge in Multiliteracies Research
Lina Trigos-Carrillo and Rebecca Rogers

2. Literacies Made in Brazil: Global and Subaltern Cosmopolitan Literacies
Miriam Jorge and Daniel Ferraz

3. Who Decides What Is Legitimate Literacy? Affirming the Importance of African Languages in the Global Literacy Field
Zaline Roy-Campbell

4. The Digital Literacy Divide Across the Rural Lifeworld: From Remote Possibility to Global Connectivity
Jacqueline Yahn

Section II. Critical Consumption and Creation of Multimodal Texts about Global Issues

5. Doing Justice to the Other: Developing Cosmopolitan Dispositions through Critical-Ethical Pedagogies in Global Literacies Education
Suzanne S. Choo

6. Somali Canadian, Muslim, Female YouTubers and Teachers Make Videos as a Global Literacies Practice
Diane Watt

7. Storying Climate Change: Discursive Possibilities for Teaching Climate Justice Literacies
Alexandra Panos and Michael B. Sherry

Section III. Intercultural Communication and Reciprocal Collaboration with Globally Diverse Others

8. Critical Narratives on Intercultural Communication in Global Literacies Education

Kristina Copelas, Emily Skaug, and Laura Boyton Hauerwas

9. Reaching Beyond Personal Borders to Narrate Cross-Cultural Connections
Lenny Sánchez, Tami Ensor, and Eliana Agudalo Soto

10. Our Linguistic Landscape: Preparing Teachers and Students to See, Hear and Affirm Our Communities 
Mary E. Curran

11.Measuring the Teaching of Global Literacies
Shea N. Kerkhoff

Section IV. Transformative Action for Social and Environmental Justice that Traverses Borders

12. Rhetoric, Racial Positioning, and Resistance: Asian Americans and the Need for Critical Global Literacies Across Diaspora
Betina Hsieh

13. Fostering Climate Crisis Global Literacies in the Classroom
Emily Polk, Richard Beach, and Allen Webb

14. Community-based, Literacy Makerspaces: Opportunities for Language Learning and Social Action
Lori Czop Assaf

15. Project-Based Inquiry (PBI) Global: Border-Crossing Discourse Within a Collaboration of Students from China and the United State
Hiller A. Spires, Andrea Gambino, Marie Himes, and Lili Wang


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Shea N. Kerkhoff is Assistant Professor of Literacy and Secondary Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA.

Hiller A. Spires is Executive Director and Professor Emerita at North Carolina State University, USA.