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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.

Sociocultural-Historical Theory
Sociocultural-historical theory

Humans develop through their changing participation in the sociocultural activities of their communities, which also change. (Rogoff, 2003: 11)

What does it mean to say that learning is changing participation? What role does change play in learning? How do activities change by our participation in them? And what does any of this have to do with classrooms? It has always been surprising to us that people talk about teaching yet tend not to talk about learning. When people do talk about learning they usually assume a shared understanding of what learning means and how people do it. It is commonly based on their own perceptions of how they learned and that ‘real’ learning, whatever that means, happens in school. Recent scholarship in literacy ...

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