1st Edition

Research Mobilities in Primary Literacy Education Interrogating How Teachers Encounter Research in An Age of Evidence-Based Teaching

    208 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book delves into the intriguing question of why certain types of literacy research gain more traction than others in educational settings, irrespective of the quality of the research or the efforts of the researchers.

    It draws upon findings from Research Mobilities in Primary Literacy Education, an innovative and interdisciplinary study conducted in England and supported by the Economic and Social Research Council [ES/W000571/1]. The study investigated the types of literacy research that reach teachers, the ways in which human and non-human actors mobilise research, and the transformation of research as it circulates. The book argues that,  for teachers to foster genuinely inclusive literacy classrooms, they need to be equipped to draw on understandings associated with a variety of theoretical perspectives and research traditions. It further explores the dynamics of research dissemination and the factors that influence the uptake and application of research findings in educational contexts. This work is an original and groundbreaking contribution to the debate on the scope and focus of literacy education, the role of evidence-based teaching, and approaches to professional learning.

     This book is of vital interest to scholars, researchers, and students with interests in Literacy Education, Professional Development, and the Ethics of Research. It challenges conventional wisdom, provokes thoughtful discussion, and inspires readers to rethink the role and value of research in shaping literacy education that is inclusive, effective, and meaningful.

    1. Why Think About Research Mobilities in Literacy Education?  2. Towards An Expansive View of Literacy Research  3. Relationships Between Literacy, Research and Policy in England  4. From Research Mobilisation to Research Mobilities  5. Investigating Researching Mobilities: A Multistranded Methodology  6. Teachers’ Encounters with Research  7. Appearances and Disappearances of Literacy and Research for Teacher's Data  8. Applying a Corpus Linguistic Lens to Explore Appearances of Literacy Research in News Media and Twitter  9. Tracing literacy Research: Networks, Controversies and Movements  10. Relationships between Research Mobilities, Research, Literacy and Teachers  11. Moving Literacy Research Around: Possibilities for Expansive and Empowering Encounters with Literacy Research


    Cathy Burnett is Professor Emerita at Sheffield Hallam University.

    Gill Adams is a Reader in Education at Sheffield Hallam University.

    Julia Gillen is Professor of Literacy Studies in the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University.

    Terrie-Lynn Thompson is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Media & Professional Learning, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling and adjunct faculty at the University of Alberta, Canada.

    Anna Cermakova is a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Linguistics and English Language and ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science at Lancaster University.

    David Ben Shannon is Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and was a researcher at Sheffield Hallam University working on the Research Mobilities in Primary Literacy Education project.

    Parinita Shetty is an early career researcher, public library assistant and children’s book writer and was a researcher at Sheffield Hallam University working on the Research Mobilities in Primary Literacy Education project .