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'Joanne Larson and Jackie Marsh's Literacy Learning is easily the most theoretically sophisticated and practically useful discussion of sociocultural and critical approaches to literacy learning that has appeared to date' - James Paul Gee, Tashia Morgidge Professor of Reading, University of Wisconsin-MadisonMaking Literacy Real is the essential reference text for primary education students at undergraduate and graduate level who want to understand literacy theory and successfully apply it in the classroom. Doctoral students will find this a useful resource in understanding the relationship of theory to practice. The authors explore the breadth of this complex and important field, orientating literacy as a social practice, grounded in social, cultural, historical and political contexts of use. They also present a detailed and accessible discussion of the theory and its application in the primary classroom.

Orienting Perspectives
Orienting 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 current theoretical frameworks in literacy and considers their relevance for classroom practice. We present theoretical frameworks for understanding literacy that take the position that literacy is grounded in social, cultural, historical and political practices (Barton and Hamilton, 1998; Gee, 1996; Kress, 2003; Lankshear and Knobel, 2003a; Street, 1984; 2004). We argue that the dominant framework currently in place in schools originates from the discipline of educational psychology and translates into reductionist pedagogical frames which in turn engender teacher-centered, transmission models of curriculum. We present these alternative frameworks in order to expand teachers' thinking about what might be ...

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