1st Edition

Global Conversations in Literacy Research
Digital and Critical Literacies

Edited By

Peggy Albers

ISBN 9781138742390
Published November 13, 2017 by Routledge
228 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

In this volume, renowned literacy and language education scholars who have shaped policy and practice aimed toward social justice and equity address current intellectual and practical issues in the teaching of literacy in classrooms and educational environments across diverse and international settings. Drawn from talks that were presented live and hosted by Global Conversations in Literacy Research (GCLR), an online open-access critical literacy project, this book provides access, in edited written form, to these scholars’ critically and historically situated talks. Bringing together talks on diverse topics—including digital and media literacy, video games, critical literacy, and ESOL—Albers preserves the scholars’ critical discourses to engage readers in the conversation. Offering a broad and expansive understanding of what literacy has to offer for scholars, teachers, and students, this book demonstrates the importance of positioning literacy as a social practice and brings critical literacy to a global audience.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Critical Literacy, School Improvement, and the Four Resources Model

Allan Luke

Chapter 2 What Do We Mean By Literacy Now: Critical Curricular Implications

Jerome C. Harste Vivian Vasquez

Chapter 3 Doing Critical Literacy

Hilary Janks

Chapter 4 Towards an Ecologically-Valid, Scientifically Rigorous, Theory of Learning-To-Read

Brian Cambourne

Chapter 5 Exploring Literacy and Identity at Multiple Timescales

Catherine Compton-Lilly

Chapter 6 Ethically Based Literacy Assessment Within a New Literacy Framework

Sharon Murphy

Chapter 7 How Affordances of Digital Tool Use Foster Critical Literacy

Richard Beach

Chapter 8 New Mobile Literacies

Guy Merchant

Chapter 9 Constructing the Child at Play: From the Schooled Child to Technotoddlers and Back Again

Karen Wohlwend

Chapter 10 Young Children’s Online Practices: Past, Present and Future

Jackie Marsh

Chapter 11 Books and Games

James Paul Gee

Chapter 12 Living in a Digital World: Literacy, Learning, and Videogames

Catherine Beavis

Chapter 13 (Im)Material Girls Living in (im)material Worlds: Identity Curation Through Time and Space

Julia Davies

Chapter 14 Identity, Investment, and Multilingual Literacy (in a Digital World)

Bonny Norton

Chapter 15 A Critical Untangling of Adolescents’ Literacy Practices and Popular Culture

Donna Alvermann

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Peggy Albers is Professor of Language and Literacy Education at Georgia State University, USA. She is founder and director of the Global Conversations in Literacy Research series of literacy talks.


"This text is a ‘must have’ for any literacy researcher, scholar, and student interested in critical literacy, digital literacy, and teacher professional development in global contexts. Each chapter offers cutting edge perspectives and insights from esteemed literacy researchers and theorists from around the world."

--Amy Seely Flint, University of Louisville, USA

"This is an outstanding text for a course focusing on socio-cultural aspects of language and literacy learning. The talks feature renowned literacy scholars who share cutting-edge research on topics such as critical literacy, digital literacies, multimodal learning, and more. Grounded in critical literacies and sociocultural perspectives, the variety of perspectives in this text will help students and scholars of language and literacy gain broader insight into current issues of importance within the field across global contexts."

--Peggy Semingson, The University of Texas at Arlington, USA