• Summary
  • 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.

Bringing the Frameworks Together: Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice
Bringing the frameworks together: Implications for research, policy, and practice

This chapter considers the relationships and connections that may be made across the frameworks and fields of study described thus far in the book. In doing so, we aim to move beyond the idea that theories and frameworks can be applied to teaching in a simplistic manner, and consider how reflective educators might approach the construction of practice in specific spaces and times. In the final part of the chapter, we consider the implications of the issues raised in this book for policy and research.

In examining the connections that might be made across the theories and areas of study outlined in the previous chapters, we will ...

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