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 2: New Literacy Studies
New Literacy Studies
The goal of this chapter is to outline what has come to be known as the New Literacy Studies (Gee, 2007; Street, 1993), or NLS for short, and to offer a glimpse into one classroom that will illustrate what NLS might look like in practice. We are responding to a perceived gap between what NLS research has to offer and what teachers are allowed to do in constraining political times. One of the basic tenets of NLS is to deeply understand everyday life, including life in classrooms, in order to construct meaningful contexts for literacy learning. We argue here that NLS helps us understand that literacy learning does not simply occur in formal or informal settings, or in or out ...