In this essential collection of readings, Teresa Grainger provides carefully chosen journal articles and chapters that offer significant and serious insights into the changing face of literacy. The twenty-five contributors all adopt a broad conception of literacy and contemporary literacy practices and recognise that the world of language and literacy is in a constant state of transition and transformation.
Together, the authors examine the past, the present and the future of literacy and celebrate the interests and expertise of the learners. They acknowledge that the textual environments of today are complex and fluid, shaped by the rapid emergence of new technologies and the influential nature of popular culture. Children's engagement with multiple forms of text is also highlighted, including the oral, the visual, the electronic and the written. In addition, issues of pedagogy are explored, through the voices of teachers, parents and children. Many chapters offer particular perspectives based on classroom experience, reflection and smaller scale studies
The contributors here perceive a common and urgent need to acknowledge diverse forms of living literacy and to redesign the curriculum accordingly. With an inspiring introduction and postscript by the Editor, this Reader is an invaluable and accessible companion for all students of literacy.
'It combines into one extensive text a great deal of material on a wide range of approaches to literacy.' - British Journal of Educational Studies
'If you need to catch up on current thinking on literacy this book is an excellent starting point. There is a good mix of theory and practice and a great deal of insightful research that will both inform and inspire better approaches to literacy. For those who wish to go further there is a useful annotated booklist at the very end.' - English Drama Media, The Professional Journal of the National Association for the Teaching of English
Introduction: Travelling Across the Terrain Part 1: Mapping the Landscape of Literacy 1. The History and Future of Literacy 2. Living Literacies in Homes and Communities 3. Globalisation, Literacy, Curriculum Practice Part 2: Exploring Literacy Learning 4. 'You Made it Like a Crocodile' A Theory of Children's Meaning-Making 5. Where are the Childhoods in Childhood Literacy? An Exploration in Outer School Space 6. Learning as Puzzle Solving Part 3: Exploring Oral Texts 7. Development through Dialogue 8. Group work: Learning through Talk 9. Discourse, Conversation and Creativity 10. Drama, Literacies and Difference Part 4: Exploring Visual Texts 11. Seeing, Thinking and Knowing 12. A Word about Pictures 13. Television and Film 14. Playing the Text Part 5: Exploring Written Texts 15. Reading Rights and Responsibilities 16. The Reader in the Writer 17. What Does Research Tell Us About How We Should be Developing Written Composition? 18. Can Teachers Empower Pupils as Writers? Postscript: The Journey Continues