1st Edition

Literacy Across the Community
Research, Praxis, and Trends

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ISBN 9780367468613
December 18, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
336 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume explores and evaluates community-based literacy programs, examining how they bridge gaps in literacy development, promote dialogue, and connect families, communities, and schools. Highlighting the diversity of existing literary initiatives across populations, this book brings together innovative and emerging scholarship on the relationship between P20 schools and community-based literacy programming. This volume not only identifies trends in research and practice, but it also addresses the challenges affecting these community-based programs and presents the best practices that emerge from them.

Collaborating with leading scholars to provide national and international perspectives, and offering a clear, birds-eye view of the state of community literacy praxis, chapters cover programming in a multitude of settings and for a wide range of learners, from early childhood to incarcerated youths and adults, and including immigrants, refugees, and indigenous communities. Topics include identity and empowerment, language and literacy development across the lifespan, rural and urban environments, and partnership programs. The breadth of community literacy programming gathered in a single volume represents a unique array of models and topics, and has relevance for researchers, scholars, graduate students, pre-service educators, and community educators in literacy.

Table of Contents


Professional Literacies and Helping in the Community: The Limits of Dash-Literacies

James R. King


Part One: Language and Literacy Development

Chapter 1

The Language and Literacy Practices of Emergent Bilinguals in a Community-based Writing Program

Stephanie Abraham, Kate E. Kedley, and Kate Seltzer

Chapter 2

Heritage Language and Literacy Education in East Asian Community-based Heritage Language Programs

Kwangok Song

Chapter 3

Bilingual Family Literacy Challenges

Matthew Knoester

Chapter 4

Nurturing Multiple Literacies: The Role of the Community and Creativity in an Intergenerational ESOL Class

Lily Applebaum, Mara Imms-Donnelly, and Emily Schwab

Chapter 5

A University/School Partnership Practicum with Culturally Diverse Students and Teachers

Joyce C. Fine

Part Two: Unique Populations

Chapter 6

Fostering Young Children’s Literacy in Home and Community Settings: A Dialogic Approach to Developing Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Practices

Pauline Harris, Alexandra Diamond, Bec Neill, Elspeth McInnes, Cynthia Brock, and Ufemia Camaitoga

Chapter 7

Literacy Learning in ‘Unofficial’ Spaces: Prospective Teachers’ Tutoring Initiative for Homeless Youth

Information Classification: General

Heidi L. Hallman

Chapter 8

Family Literacy through Separation and Trauma: Integrated Perspectives for Fathers

Angela M. Wiseman, Qiana R. Creyer-Coupet, Ashley A. Atkinson, and Stephen M. Gibson

Chapter 9

Incarcerated Languages and Literacies: Attempting Liberatory Language and Literacy Pedagogies in a Prison Setting

Jim Sosnowski and Luz Murillo

Chapter 10

Sponsoring Older Adults’ Improvement of Metaliteracy Using iPads

Julie A. Delello, Annamary L. Consalvo, Rochell R. McWhorter, and Gina Doepker

Part Three: Unique Settings and Contexts

Chapter 11

Community-based Programs in Rural Settings

Pamela J. Farris, Mary E. Gardner, and Teri Reed-Houck

Chapter 12

Literacy at the Public Library: An Intergenerational Book Club

Molly K. Ness

Chapter 13

Beyond Visual Literacy: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing in the Art Museum

Meredith Lehman, Sabrina Mooroogen Phillips, and Ray Williams

Chapter 14

Doing Pedagogic Work to Illuminate the World: Participatory Literacy in a Community Museum

Suriati Abas

Chapter 15

Health Services in the Literacy Landscape

Sue Nichols

Part Four: Identity Development and Empowerment

Chapter 16

Identity Matters in Service-Learning Literacies: Becoming Authentic and Agentic within Role Affordance

James R. King, Steven Hart, and Deborah Kozdras

Chapter 17

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Laurie A. Henry is Professor of Literacy and Dean of the Seidel School of Education at Salisbury University in Maryland, USA.

Norman A. Stahl is Professor Emeritus of Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University, USA, and a Council of Learning Assistance and Development of Education Associations (CLADEA) National Fellow.