Applying a languaging perspective, this volume frames the teaching and learning of literacy, literature, language, and the language arts as social and linguistic actions that generate new questions to make visible social, cultural, psychological, linguistic, and educational processes. Chapter authors explore diverse aspects of a languaging framework, the perspective of language as a series of ongoing and evolving interactional social actions and processes over time. Based on their research, the authors suggest directions for addressing substantive engagement as well as the marginalization, superficiality, and violence (symbolic and otherwise) that characterize the educational experience of so many students. Responding to the need to foster and support students’ intellectual, social, and affective worlds, this book showcases how languaging relations among teachers and students can deepen interactions and engagement with texts; enhance understandings of agency, personhood, and power relations in order to transform literacy, literature, and language arts classrooms; and improve the lives of teachers and students in educational settings.
"Richard Beach and David Bloome have provided a vital stage for dialoguing about the possibilities and complexities of languaging, one that urges the entire field of language and literacy education to not only deeply consider the arguments contained within, but also to actively explore these ideas in our teaching and research."
- Bob Fecho, Teachers College, Columbia University.
"Bringing together top scholars in the field, Languaging Relations for Transforming the Literacy and Language Arts Classroom signals a paradigm shift in the field. The authors address some of the most urgent topics in education through compelling examples from a range of instructional contexts. This volume underscores how teachers might work in solidarity with students to combat inequity and reimagine their social worlds through everyday relational practices."
- Gerald Campano, University of Pennsylvania
1. Introduction: Languaging Relations for Transforming the Teaching of Literacy and the Language Arts
David Bloome and Richard Beach
Section 1: Languaging Relations and the Interactions of Teachers and Students
2. Reconceptualizing Classroom Life as Relational-Key
3. Portraying and Enacting Trust in Writing in a High School Classroom
Richard Beach and Maren Aukerman
4. Languaging, Race, and (Dis)ability: Discerning Structure and Agency in Classroom Interaction
Michiko Hikida and Ramón Martínez
Section 2: Recontextualizing Language Learning in the Classroom from a Languaging Perspectives
5. Languaging and Languagised Learning
Lian Madsen and Thomas Nørreby
6. Languaging the Rhetorical Tradition: Pedagogical CHAT in Middle School and College
Paul Prior, Joyce Walker, and Deb Riggert-Kieffer
7. Languaging the Teaching and Learning of Argumentative Writing in an 11th Grade International Baccalaureate Classroom
George Newell, Theresa Thanos, Subeom Kwak, and The Ohio State University Argumentative Writing Project
Section 3: Languaging Relations and the Interactions of Readers/Audiences and Text
8. Participatory Sense-Making in Narrative Experience
9. Comprehending as Relational, Dialogic, and Imaginative Activity
Judith Lysaker and Christy Wessel-Powell
Section 4: Languaging Relations and Locating Teaching and Learning in the Complex Dynamics of Power Relations
10. Theorizing and Languaging Blackness: Using the African Philosophy of Ubuntu and the Concept of Sawubona
Stephanie Power-Carter, Bita Zakeri and Kafi Kumasi
11. Mobilizing and Languaging Emotion for Critical Media Literacy
Cynthia Lewis and Martha Bigelow
12. Languaging Personhood in Classroom Conversation
David Bloome, Ayanna Brown, Min-Young Kim, and Rebecca Tang