1st Edition

Literacy An Advanced Resource Book for Students

By Brian V Street, Adam Lefstein Copyright 2007
    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    Literacy is a comprehensive textbook which provides students and researchers with support for advanced study of the topic. It introduces readers to a broad range of approaches to understanding literacy in educational contexts and in society.


    • integrates psychological, educational and anthropological approaches to literacy and its consequences for individuals and society
    • gathers together influential readings from key names in this inter-disciplinary field, including: Catherine Snow, David Olson, and Mike Cole
    • presents teachers, students and researchers with many diverse opportunities to explore for themselves a broad range of perspectives and methods of study.

    Written by experienced teachers and researchers in the field, Literacy is an essential textbook for students and researchers of Applied Linguistics.

    Section A: Introduction  A1. Why Study Literacy?  A2. Organisation of the Book  A3. Keywords  A4. Encounters with Literacy  A5. Academic Study of Literacy – Mapping the Field  A5.1 Meanings of ‘Literacy’ in Different Traditions  A5.2 Literacy Acquisition  A5.3 Consequences of Literacy  A5.4 Literacy as Social Practice  A5.5 New Literacies  Section B: Extensions  B1. Keywords  B1.1 Educational Terms  B1.2 Anthropological Terms  B1.3 Psychological Terms  B2. Literacy Acquisition  B2.1 Beginning to Read  B2.2 Whole Language  B2.3 Social Challenges and Policy  B2.4 Literacy in Schools  B3. Consequences of Literacy  B3.1 The Great Divide  B3.2 Testing the Literacy Thesis  B3.3 Autonomous vs. Ideological Models of Literacy  B3.4 Demythologising Literacy  B4. Literacy as Social Practice  B4.1 Literacy Practices  B4.2 Literacy and Identity  B4.3 Multilingual Literacies  B4.4 Literacies at Work  B4.5 The Literacy Thesis Revisited  Section C: Explorations  C1. Investigating Literacy Practices – An Ethnographic Perspective  C2. Literacy Log  C3. Phonics, Whole Language and English Orthography  C4. Children’s Literature – Code, Content and Practice  C5. Academic Literacies  C6. Workplace Literacies  C7. Everyday Writing in Modern Society  C8. International Policy and Practice in the Literacy Field  C9. "Literacy problems" and the Mass Media . Conclusion: Coming to Terms with New Literacies


    Brian V. Street is Chair of Language in Education in the Department of Education and Professional Studies at King’s College London. Adam Lefstein is Academic Fellow in Pedagogy and Interaction at the Oxford University Department of Educational Studies.