ERIC Number: ED416498
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Learning about Culture, Language and Power: Understanding Relationships among Personhood, Literacy Practices and Intertextuality. Report Series 2.35.
This paper stems from a study of an eighth-grade writing club in an urban school. The study asked: How would students use a community-based set of texts to create identities for themselves and each other in relation to their communities, their schooling, and writing and to examine issues of personhood? The paper theorizes about what the notions of personhood and intertextuality contribute to educators' conceptions of literacy teaching and learning. It provides a definition of personhood, reviews related research, and presents an analytical framework which includes a rationale for why personhood and literacy are productively investigated through the intertextuality heuristic. To elaborate on the theoretical ideas presented, the paper focuses on two aspects of the writing club: (1) the ways two students took up opportunities presented to them as they participated for shaping and reshaping discourse practices about personhood along the dimensions of history, music, racial and ethnic identity, and womanhood; and (2) the significance of the study's framing in providing opportunities for students to make intertextual links between their research studies and the literacy practices of community members. In addressing how the students took up their literacy practices, the paper elaborates on the discourse practices that framed the writing project, which opened up what is described as an "intertextual field" containing dynamic potential for students to create intertextual links between their inquiry into community issues and the inquiry of community members who were using research and writing to address similar issues. (Contains two tables, five transcripts, eight notes, and 92 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement, Albany, NY.