1st Edition

Dialoguing across Cultures, Identities, and Learning Crosscurrents and Complexities in Literacy Classrooms

By Bob Fecho, Jennifer Clifton Copyright 2017
    162 Pages
    by Routledge

    162 Pages
    by Routledge

    Drawing on Dialogical Self Theory, this book presents a new framework for social and cultural identity construction in the literacy classroom, offering possibilities for how teachers might adjust their pedagogy to better support the range of cultural stances present in all classrooms.

    In the complex multicultural/multiethnic/multilingual contexts of learning in and out of school spaces today, students and teachers are constantly dialoguing across cultures, both internally and externally, and these cultures are in dialogue with each other. The authors unpack some of the complexity of culture and identity, what people do with culture and identity, and how people navigate multiple cultures and identities. Readers are invited to re-examine how they view different cultures and the roles these play in their lives, and to dialogue with the authors about cultures, learning, literacy, identity, and agency.




    The Purpose of the Book

    Creating a Context for Dialoguing about Cultures and Selves

    Sketching the Landscape of the Book

    What to Expect from This Book


    Chapter 1: Cultures and the Dialogical Self

    Sketching the Dialogue of Cultures

    Constructing a Self

    Dialoguing with Multiple Cultures

    Dialoguing Through Uncertainty


    Chapter 2: Learning, Cultures, and the Dialogical Self

    So Where Is This Going?

    Cultures, Learning and "Ideological Becoming"

    Ideological Becoming within Ideological Environments

    Relationships with the Self in Educational Contexts

    Now, and Then


    Chapter 3: Literacies, Learning, Cultures, and the Dialogical Self

    Literacies and Dialogical Selves

    Connecting Bakhtin, Literacy, and the Dialogical Self

    Learning within Tensions

    Implications for Teaching Reading and Writing


    Chapter 4: Identity, Literacies, Learning, Cultures, and the Dialogical Self

    Constructing Identities

    Some Reminders and Some New Connections

    Learning through Isaac and Sam

    What We Make of All This


    Chapter 5: Agency, Identity, Literacies, Learning, Cultures, and the Dialogical Self

    Unpacking Agency


    Last Words, at Least for Now


    About the Authors



    Bob Fecho is Professor of English Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.

    Jennifer Clifton is Assistant Professor, Department of English (Rhetoric and Writing Studies), The University of Texas at El Paso, USA.