Landscapes of Specific Literacies in Contemporary Society: Exploring a social model of literacy, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Landscapes of Specific Literacies in Contemporary Society

Exploring a social model of literacy, 1st Edition

Edited by Vicky Duckworth, Gordon Ade-Ojo


126 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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This volume makes a timely contribution to our understanding of literacy as a multi-faceted, complexly situated activity. Each chapter provides the reader with a fresh perspective into a different site for literate behaviour, approaches, design and relationships, and offers an exploration into the use of literacy theories to inform policy and practice, particularly in regard to curriculum.

Bringing together international experts in the field, the contributing authors represent a wide variety of theoretical and research perspectives which cover literacy in various forms, including:

• transformative literacy

• survey literacy

• academic literacies

• information literacy in the workplace

• digital literacy.

Landscapes of Specific Literacies in Contemporary Society suggests that literacy curriculum needs to evolve from its current perspective if it is to cater for the demands of the 21st century contemporary globalised society. The book will be of key interest to researchers and academics in the fields of education, curriculum studies and the sociology of education, as well as to policy makers and literacy specialists.


"This is a book with a social conscience, as these highlights demonstrate. It is at its best when it links the ideology of its authors with real-life practice, as it does excellently in Duckworth’s chapter. As a whole, it is sometimes dense with theory, but it is energetic, exciting, at times radical, and ultimately accessible. It is an important book for anyone involved in post-compulsory education and for everyone who is concerned with social inclusion and pedagogy."- Lucy Langley, Journal of Information Literacy, June 2015

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Is practice keeping pace with policy? Gordon Ade-Ojo and Vicky Duckworth 2. Towards a functional curriculum model of social literacy: literacy for specific purposes Gordon Ade-Ojo 3. Literacy and Transformation Vicky Duckworth 4. Survey Literacy Mary Hamilton5. Expanding the academic literacies frame: implications for understanding curriculum contexts in higher education Lynn Coleman and Mary R.Lea 6. Information Literacy in the workplace: generic and specific capabilities Mark Hepworth 7. Repurposing information literacy for the 21st century John Crawford 8. Moving with the times: how mobile digital literacies are changing childhood Guy Merchant 9. (Afterword): Locating adult literacy education in new places David Barton

About the Editors

Vicky Duckworth is Senior Lecturer and MA Co-ordinator in Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) and Schools’ University Lead at Edge Hill University, UK.

Gordon Ade-Ojo is Principal Lecturer, Lifelong Learning Sector Network Coordinator and co-leader of the MA education programme at the University of Greenwich, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

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