Stories from Inequity to Justice in Literacy Education: Confronting Digital Divides, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Stories from Inequity to Justice in Literacy Education

Confronting Digital Divides, 1st Edition

Edited by Ernest Morrell, Jennifer Rowsell


216 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367031114
pub: 2019-07-17
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Challenging the assumption that access to technology is pervasive and globally balanced, this book explores the real and potential limitations placed on young people’s literacy education by their limited access to technology and digital resources.

Drawing on research studies from around the globe, Stories from Inequity to Justice in Literacy Education identifies social, economic, racial, political and geographical factors which can limit populations’ access to technology, and outlines the negative impact this can have on literacy attainment. Reflecting macro, meso and micro inequities, chapters highlight complex issues surrounding the productive use of technology and the mobilization of multimodal texts for academic performance and illustrate how digital divides might be remedied to resolve inequities in learning environments and beyond.

Contesting the digital divides which are implicitly embedded in aspects of everyday life and learning, this text will be of great interest to researchers and post-graduate academics in the field of literacy education.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Introduction: Moving stories of inequity to stories of justice

Jennifer Rowsell, University of Bristol, UK & Ernest Morrell, University of Notre Dame, USA

Section 1: Macro perspectives: Big gaps, divides, and inequities

Chapter 2 - Searching for mermaids: Access, capital and the digital divide in a rural South African Primary School

Kerryn Dixon, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Chapter 3 - Divided digital practices: A story from Indigenous Australia

Inge Kral, The Australian National University, Australia

Chapter 4 - Storylines: Young people playing into change in agricultural colleges in Rural Ethiopia to address sexual and gender based violence

Hani Sadati, Claudia Mitchell & Lisa Starr, McGill University, Canada

Section 2: Meso perspectives: Making it work on the margins

Chapter 5 - Reframing the digital in literacy: Youth, arts, and misperceptions

Mia Perry, University of Glasgow, UK, Diane R. Collier, Brock University, Canada & Jennifer Rowsell, University of Bristol, UK

Chapter 6 - The potential of participatory literacies to challenge digital (civic) divides Nicole Mirra, Rutgers University, USA & Antero Garcia, Stanford University, USA

Chapter 7 - Youth people’s media use and social participation in Hong Kong: A perspective of digital use divide

Alice Y. L. Lee, Hong Kong Baptist University, China & Klavier J. Wang, The Education University of Hong Kong, China

Chapter 8 - From mothballed to meaningfully-used technology in Urban Catholic Schools

Nate Wills, University of Notre Dame, USA

Section 3: Micro perspectives: Race and social class digital divides in communities

Chapter 9 - Social class, literacies, and digital wastelands: Technological artifacts in a network of relations

Stephanie Jones & Jaye Johnson Thiel, University of Georgia, USA

Chapter 10 - Values, neoliberalism, and the digital divide: Nonwhite media makers and the production of meaning

Zithri Saleem & Negin Dahya, University of Washington, USA

Chapter 11 - Making it work in the Global South: Stories of digital divides in a Brazilian context

Cristiane Manzan Perine, Federal University of Uberlândia, Brazil & Jennifer Rowsell, University of Bristol, UK


About the Editors

Jennifer Rowsell is the Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies at Brock University, Canada.

Ernest Morrell is the Coyle Professor of Literacy Education and the Director of the Notre Dame Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Language Arts
EDUCATION / Distance Education & Learning