The increasing popularity of digitally-mediated communication is prompting us to radically rethink literacy and its role in education; at the same time, national policies have promulgated a view of literacy focused on the skills and classroom routines associated with print, bolstered by regimes of accountability and assessments. As a result, teachers are caught between two competing discourses: one upholding a traditional conception of literacy re-iterated by politicians and policy-makers, and the other encouraging a more radical take on 21st century literacies driven by leading edge thinkers and researchers. There is a pressing need for a book which engages researchers in international dialogue around new literacies, their implications for policy and practice, and how they might articulate across national boundaries.
Drawing on cutting edge research from the USA, Canada, UK, Australia and South Africa, this book is a pedagogical and policy-driven call for change. It explores studies of literacy practices in varied contexts through a refreshingly dialogic style, interspersed with commentaries which comment on the significance of the work described for education. The book concludes on the ‘conversation’ developed to identify key recommendations for policy-makers through a Charter for Literacy Education.
Foreword 1. Changing Contexts for 21st Century Literacies 2. Global Forms and Assemblages: Children’s Digital Literacy Practices in Unequal South African Settings Polo Lemphane and Mastin Prinsloo 3. Paper Pterodactyls and Popsicle Sticks: Expanding School Literacy through Filmmaking and Toymaking Karen Wohlwend and Beth Buchholtz 4. Conceptualising Collaboration in Hybrid Sites: Playing Minecraft Together and Apart in a Primary Classroom Cathy Burnett and Chris Bailey 5. (Im)Material Girls Living in (Im)material Worlds: Identity Curation Through Time and Space Julia Davies 6. Literature, Imagination and Computer games: Videogames and the English/Literature Curriculum Catherine Beavis 7. A Tale of Multiple Selves: Im/materializing Identities on Facebook Jennifer Rowsell and Julianne Burgess 8. Young Children and Interactive Story-Apps Guy Merchant 9. Mobility, Authorship, and Students’ (Im)material Engagement with Digital Media and Popular Culture Bronwyn T. Williams 10. New Meaning-Making Practices: A Charter for Literacy Education
"Of all the literacy-related books I have managed to get my hands on this year, this is the one I am most pleased to own. By far. This is a wonderful book: stimulating, engaging, exciting, varied and just so useful. It is useful in providing new ideas for practice and it is useful in providing new perspectives on research." - Sam Duncan, Adult Literacy and Teacher Educator.