Dickie, John. Samoan students documenting their out-of-school literacies: An insider view of conflicting values

Abstract: Knowledge of students’ out-of-school literacies could provide important information towards addressing primary school literacy attainment for Pasifika students. Fourteen Samoan children in a New Zealand primary school were trained as ethnographers to document their own out-of-school uses of literacy. The students and three adult representatives from the church associated with the students’ school were … Continue reading Dickie, John. Samoan students documenting their out-of-school literacies: An insider view of conflicting values

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McTavish, Marianne. ‘‘I’ll do it my own way!’’: A young child’s appropriation and recontextualization of school literacy practices in out-of-school spaces

Abstract: What do young children do with the literacies they have learned at school? This article reexamines traditional notions of literacy by documenting a second grade child’s literacy practices in school and out-of-school contexts. Data collected included field notes, interviews, observations of school and out-of-school literacy practices, and artefacts (such as worksheets, constructions and computer … Continue reading McTavish, Marianne. ‘‘I’ll do it my own way!’’: A young child’s appropriation and recontextualization of school literacy practices in out-of-school spaces

Yagelski, Robert., Literacy Matters: Writing and reading the social self

Yagelski, R. (2000). Literacy Matters: Writing and reading the social self. New York: Teachers College Press. Google Review: Literacy can empower students, but it may also limit their understanding if taught without regard for the context of their lives. Using his encounters with students, in high school, college, and state prison classrooms, as well as his … Continue reading Yagelski, Robert., Literacy Matters: Writing and reading the social self

Brandt, Deborah, and Katie Clinton. “Limits of the Local: Expanding Perspectives on Literacy as Social Practice”

Brandt, Deborah, and Katie Clinton. "Limits of the Local: Expanding Perspectives on Literacy as Social Practice." Journal of Literacy Research 34.3 (2002): 337-56. Print.   Abstract: This essay reflects on how the social practice model of literacy, an approach that defines reading and writing as situated, social practices, undertheorizes certain aspects of literacy, making it … Continue reading Brandt, Deborah, and Katie Clinton. “Limits of the Local: Expanding Perspectives on Literacy as Social Practice”

McCreight, Jennifer.The importance of being heard

McCreight, J. (2011).The importance of being heard: Responses of one first grade class to the representation of AAVE in picture books. Journal of Language and Literacy Education [Online], 7(1), 35-48. Abstract: The following article will address the need for classrooms to promote the use of children’s literature whose characters speak in a dialect other than … Continue reading McCreight, Jennifer.The importance of being heard