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This unique and timely book follows the experiences of four Arabic teenagers, their families and their community, focusing on the role of literacy in their daily lives and the differences between home and school. The author looks at the conflict between expectations and practices at school and in the home, arguing that problems are inevitable where class and cultural differences exist.
Emerging themes include:
Built around these insightful case studies yet grounded in theory, this book is of immediate relevance to teachers working in multicultural contexts and students and lecturers in language/literacy or on TESOL courses.
Part 1. 1. Patterns of Community Literacy 2. Pathway(s) to Literacy 3. Change and Literacy Practices: Teenagers and Technology 4. Mediation in Community and School Literacy 5. Conflict and Control: Literacy as Management 6. Identity, Place and Identity Part 2: A Harbourful of Yachts: Making Sense of Literacy Research 8. No Single Answer: What Schools Can and Can’t do 9. Researching in Multilingual/Multicultural Contexts 10. A Harbourful of Yachts: Making Sense of Literacy Research 11. Researching Reading and Writing in Homes and Schools