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  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Space, Play, and Literacy
Space, play, and literacy

In this chapter we bring together recent conceptualizations of space, literacy, and play to understand how literacy and play are spatialized in a globalized world and to consider the relationship between each of these elements. Following Wohlwend (2013), we define play as a social and semiotic practice that mediates the transformation of imagined contexts through recontextualization of reality across spaces. We pair spatial theories with play to account for the multiplicity of spaces in which play occurs, both physical and digital. We will provide a brief overview of research on space, literacy, and play, followed by implications for classrooms and for researching literacy. Our case study classroom, outlined by Karen Wohlwend, will ground these ideas in practice. An ...

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