Reading the future: the contribution of literacy studies to debates on reading and reading engagement for primary-aged children

BURNETT, Cathy (2017). Reading the future: the contribution of literacy studies to debates on reading and reading engagement for primary-aged children. In: NG, Clarence and BARTLETT, Brendan, (eds.) Improving reading in the 21st century: International research and innovations. Singapore, Springer, 119-140.

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Abstract

Reading in everyday life is commonly understood to be changing rapidly. It is increasingly multiple, multimodal, and associated with constellations of participatory literacy practices that include the digital. This chapter argues that the field of literacy studies, and the study of new literacies in particular, has much to offer contemporary debates related to reading and reading engagement. New literacies research not only implies a broad conceptualisation of reading but a broader conceptualisation of ‘evidence- based approaches’ than is generally accepted in the arena of school improvement. Studies in the field draw primarily on qualitative methods, often ethnographic, that describe literacies that are hard to gauge in terms of fixed measurable outcomes: literacies that are mobile, fluid, multimodal and meshed with other social practices. Drawing on a review of studies focused on intersections between literacy and technology for 0-11 year-olds from the last five years, this chapter explores five sets of ‘entanglements’ illuminated by research in the field which problematise simple conceptualisations of literacy. It ends with a series of principles for literacy provision which acknowledge these complexities. These are framed as a Charter for Literacy Education.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Institute of Education
Identification Number: 10.1007/978-981-10-4331-4_6
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Depositing User: Cathy Burnett
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2017 15:08
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2017 15:08
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16502

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