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Routledge Research in Literacy


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This series is the home for high quality monographs and edited collections in Literacy Studies. We publish books by leading-edge researchers engaged in international dialogues on a broad range of topics. Many of our volumes are by leaders in the field of Literacy Studies; others are by relatively new scholars. You are welcome to contact the editors if you would like to discuss your idea prior to submitting a proposal.

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The Impacts of Language and Literacy Policy on Teaching Practices in Ghana Postcolonial Perspectives on Early Literacy and Instruction

The Impacts of Language and Literacy Policy on Teaching Practices in Ghana: Postcolonial Perspectives on Early Literacy and Instruction

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Philomena Osseo-Asare
March 16, 2021

This text critically examines changes in Ghanaian language and literacy policy following independence in 1957 to consider its impacts on early literacy teaching. By adopting a postcolonial theoretical perspective, the text interrogates the logic behind policy changes which have prioritized English...

Researching Protest Literacies Literacy as Protest in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro

Researching Protest Literacies: Literacy as Protest in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Jamie D. I. Duncan
December 29, 2020

By focusing on the textually mediated reactions of local residents, social movements, and media producers to policy changes implemented in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, this book studies the development of literacy as a tool to mobilize, perform, and disseminate protest. Researching Protest ...

Researching Early Childhood Literacy in the Classroom Literacy as a Social Practice

Researching Early Childhood Literacy in the Classroom: Literacy as a Social Practice

1st Edition

Lucy Henning
October 24, 2019

This volume demonstrates how the ethnographic approach to research demanded by a ‘Literacy as Social Practice’ perspective can generate fresh insights into what happens when young children engage with schooled literacy tasks. Researching Early Childhood Literacy in the Classroom argues that the ...

Assignments as Controversies Digital Literacy and Writing in Classroom Practice

Assignments as Controversies: Digital Literacy and Writing in Classroom Practice

1st Edition

Ibrar Bhatt
June 04, 2019

Approaching academic assignments as practical controversies, this book offers a novel approach to the study of digital literacy. Through in-depth accounts of assignment writing in college classrooms, Bhatt examines ways of understanding how students engage with digital media in curricular ...

The Norwegian Mission’s Literacy Work in Colonial and Independent Madagascar

The Norwegian Mission’s Literacy Work in Colonial and Independent Madagascar

1st Edition

Ellen Vea Rosnes
November 29, 2018

Offering an original historical perspective on literacy work in Africa, this book examines the role of the Norwegian Lutheran mission in Madagascar and sheds light on the motivations that drove colonizing powers’ literacy work. Focusing on both colonial and independent Madagascar, Rosnes examines ...

Literacy and Multimodality Across Global Sites

Literacy and Multimodality Across Global Sites

1st Edition

Maureen Kendrick
November 17, 2017

Over the past three decades, our conceptualizations of literacy and what it means to be literate have expanded to include recognition that there is a qualitative difference in how we communicate through modalities such as the visual, audio, spatial, and linguistic and that different modes are ...

Arts Education and Literacies

Arts Education and Literacies

1st Edition

Amy Petersen Jensen, Roni Jo Draper
May 18, 2017

In a struggling global economy, education is focused on core subjects such as language arts and mathematics, and the development of technological and career-readiness skills. Arts education has not been a central focus of education reform movements in the United States, and none of the current ...

Literacy in Practice Writing in Private, Public, and Working Lives

Literacy in Practice: Writing in Private, Public, and Working Lives

1st Edition

Patrick Thomas, Pamela Takayoshi
May 18, 2017

The rise of New Literacy Studies and the shift from studying reading and writing as a technical process to examining situated literacies—what people do with literacy in particular social situations—has focused attention toward understanding the connections between reading and writing practices and ...

The Discourse of Reading Groups Integrating Cognitive and Sociocultural Perspectives

The Discourse of Reading Groups: Integrating Cognitive and Sociocultural Perspectives

1st Edition

David Peplow, Joan Swann, Paola Trimarco, Sara Whiteley
May 18, 2017

Of interest in their own terms as a significant cultural practice, reading groups also provide a window on the everyday interpretation of literary texts. While reading is often considered a solitary process, reading groups constitute a form of social reading, where interpretations are produced and ...

New Literacies around the Globe Policy and Pedagogy

New Literacies around the Globe: Policy and Pedagogy

1st Edition

Cathy Burnett, Julia Davies, Guy Merchant, Jennifer Rowsell
November 18, 2016

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 ...

Romani Writing Literacy, Literature and Identity Politics

Romani Writing: Literacy, Literature and Identity Politics

1st Edition

Paola Toninato
November 18, 2016

The Roma (commonly known as "Gypsies") have largely been depicted in writings and in popular culture as an illiterate group. However, as Romani Writing shows, the Roma have a deep understanding of literacy and its implications, and use writing for a range of different purposes. While some Romani ...

Children's Literacy Practices and Preferences Harry Potter and Beyond

Children's Literacy Practices and Preferences: Harry Potter and Beyond

1st Edition

Jane Sunderland, Steven Dempster, Joanne Thistlethwaite
April 06, 2016

Over the past few decades there have been intense debates in education surrounding children’s literacy achievement and ways to promote reading, particularly that of boys. The Harry Potter book series has been received enthusiastically by very many children, boys and girls alike, but has also been ...

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