"Beyond the frame": exploring children's literacy practices

BURNETT, Cathy and MYERS, J. (2002). "Beyond the frame": exploring children's literacy practices. Literacy, 36 (2), 56-62.

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Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9345.00187


The aim of this small-scale research project was to examine the literacy events children choose to engage in outside school. Two groups of Primary School children were involved in investigating the use of literacy in their lives, using disposable cameras to record literacy events and texts. The photographs and the discussion stimulated by them provided evidence that these children used literacy in richly diverse ways for purposes which they saw as meaningful. Although limited in size and scope, the study showed that uses of literacy presented by these children reflected community literacy practices (as identified by Barton & Hamilton, 1998). However, it was also clear that the children acted with considerable autonomy, motivation and creativity in making their use of literacy meaningful to them. This paper provides a report on the project and discusses the implications of these findings for the teaching of literacy in school.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Institute of Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9345.00187
Page Range: 56-62
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2008
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 11:17
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/201

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