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1st Edition

New Methods of Literacy Research

ISBN 9780415624435
Published September 25, 2013 by Routledge
283 Pages

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Book Description

Literacy researchers at all stages of their careers are designing and developing innovative new methods for analyzing data in a range of spaces in and out of school. Directly connected with evolving themes in literacy research, theory, instruction, and practices—especially in the areas of digital technologies, gaming, and web-based research; discourse analysis; and arts-based research—this much-needed text is the first to capture these new directions in one volume. Written by internationally recognized authorities whose work is situated in these methods, each chapter describes the origin of the method and its distinct characteristics; offers a demonstration of how to analyze data using the method; presents an exemplary study in which this method is used; and discusses the potential of the method to advance and extend literacy research.

For literacy researchers asking how to match their work with current trends and for educators asking how to measure and document what is viewed as literacy within classrooms, this is THE text to help them learn about and use the rich range of new and emerging literacy research methods.

Table of Contents

Preface: Shifting Times in Literacy Education: Teri Holbrook, Peggy Albers, and Amy Seely Flint


Part I: Methods in Discourse Analysis
1. Microethnographic Discourse Analysis: David Bloome and Stephanie Carter
2. Critical Discourse Analysis in Literacy Research: Rebecca Rogers
3. Temporal Discourse Analysis: Catherine Compton-Lilly
4. Mediated Discourse Analysis: Tracking Discourse in Action: Karen Wohlwend
5. Multimodal (Inter)action Analysis: Sigrid Norris
6. Visual Discourse Analysis: Peggy Albers

Part II: Methods in Arts-based and Autoethnographic Research
7. Autoethnography: PS I Love You: Jodi Kaufmann
8. Texts, Affects, and Relations in Cultural Performance: An Embodied Analysis of Dramatic Inquiry: Carmen Medina and Mia Perry
9. Poetic Inquiry:  Lorri Neilsen-Glenn
10. A/r/tography: Always in Process: Carl Leggo and Rita L. Irwin
11. Artifactual Literacies: Kate Pahl and Jennifer Rowsell
12. Geosemiotics: Sue Nichols

Part III: Methods of Analysis in Digital Technologies, Gaming, and Web-based Research
13. Researching Young Children's Literacy Practices in Online Virtual Worlds: Cyber-ethnography and Multi-method Approaches: Jackie Marsh
14. Video Games and Electronic Media: Catherine Beavis
15. Social Media as Authorship: Methods for Studying Literacies and Communities Online: Glynda Hull, Amy Stornaiuolo, and Jennifer Higgs
16. Analyzing Digital Texts as Literacy Artifacts: Vivian M. Vasquez

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Peggy Albers is Professor of Language Education at Georgia State University, USA.

Teri Holbrook is Assistant Professor of Literacy and Language Arts at Georgia State University, USA.

Amy Seely Flint is Associate Professor of Language Education at Georgia State University, USA.