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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.

Understanding How the Frameworks Work Together
Understanding how the frameworks work together

This chapter details the relationships and connections that may be made across the frameworks described thus far in the book. We will pay particular attention to how the frameworks may work together to enable educators to achieve several goals:

  • Make active and meaningful use of children's language and literacy practices as resources for curriculum.
  • Understand literacy as a critical social practice and its potential for change.
  • Provide a pedagogical approach which fosters communities of learners.
  • Plan classroom activities that embed meaningful opportunities to engage in the analysis and construction of multimodal texts.
  • Utilize teaching approaches that move beyond the ‘false tension between abstracting the codes of language and learning their application for meaningful purposes’ ...
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