Offering an overview of the major fields in literacy studies, this book presents a detailed and accessible discussion of key theories and their relevance in the primary classroom.
Each chapter uses a real life case study to explore the application of theory in practice, followed by a detailed discussion of the case study material by a leading name in the field, including contributions from Barbara Comber, Michele Knobel, Colin Lankshear, Gunther Kress, Brian Street, Kevin Leander and Patricia Enciso.
The text also offers reflections on theoretical foundations for research, exploring literacy as a practice grounded in social, cultural, historical and political contexts and in relationships of power.
This second edition includes: New chapters covering digital literacy, space and play, and multimodality; Examples and contributions from a range of international contexts, including US, UK, Canada, Australia and South Africa; Further reading links.
Essential reading for students at undergraduate and post-graduate level on primary education courses and an invaluable guide for anyone wanting to understand literacy theory and successfully apply this to the classroom.
Chapter 1: Foundational Perspectives
What does it mean when educators talk about the relationship between theory and practice? Can we separate the two? This book offers a foundation in key theoretical frameworks and fields of study in literacy and considers their relevance for classroom practice. We present theoretical frameworks and fields of study for understanding literacy that define it as grounded in social, cultural, historical, and political practices and in relationships of power (Barton and Hamilton, 2012; Gee, 2007; Kress, 2010; Lankshear and Knobel, 2011; Street, 1984, 2005). We argue that the dominant framework traditionally in place in schools originates from the discipline of educational psychology and may translate into reductionist pedagogical frames, which in turn engender teacher-centered, transmission models of curriculum. We present these alternative ...