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Literacy and the New Literacy Studies

New Literacy Studies (NLS) is a research approach that has emerged and played out in the past few decades, focusing on the historical, cultural, social, cognitive, and institutional dimensions of reading and writing. The approach takes literacy out of the mind as a matter for psychology alone, and out of the classroom as simply a matter of instruction, turning away, at first, from a preoccupation with pedagogy and curriculum in educational settings, and away from acquisition theories of literacy, toward use theories (or accounts of what people do with written communication and what texts do in social organization). When NLS researchers turn back to questions of instruction and acquisition in education institutions, they do so with a sense of the social dimensions of acquisition ...

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