In this seminal volume leading language and literacy scholars clearly articulate and explicate major social perspectives and approaches in the fields of language and literacy studies. Each approach draws on distinct bodies of literature and traditions and uses distinct identifiers, labels, and constellations of concepts; each has been taken up across diverse global contexts and is used as rationale and guide for the design of research and of educational policies and practices. Authors discuss the genesis and historical trajectory of the approach with which they are associated; offer their unique perspectives, rationales, and engagements; and investigate implications for understanding language and literacy use in and out of schools. The premise of the book is that understanding concepts, perspectives, and approaches requires knowing the context in which they were created, the rationale or purpose in creating them, and how they have been taken up and applied in communities of practice. Accessible yet theoretically rich, this volume is indispensible for researchers, students, and professionals across the fields of language and literacy studies.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Introduction, Margaret R. Hawkins Part 1: Languages and Literacies 2. BICS and CALP: Empirical Support, Theoretical Status, and Policy Implications of a Controversial Distinction, Jim Cummins 3. Systemic Functional Linguistics, James R. Martin 4. Discourses In and Out of School, James Paul Gee 5. A Postcolonial Perspective in Applied Linguistics: Situating English and the Vernaculars, Vaidehi Ramanathan Part 2: Literacies and Languages 6. "Multiliteracies": New Literacies, New Learning, Bill Cope & Mary Kalantzis 7. Regrounding Critical Literacy: Representation, Facts and Reality, Allan Luke 8. Biliteracy Continua, Nancy H. Hornberger 9. Indigenous Literacies: Continuum or Divide?, Teresa L. McCarty 10. Digital Literacies, Steven L. Thorne
Margaret R. Hawkins is Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and in the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA.