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ERIC Number: ED533490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 29
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 45
Resisting Commercial Influences on Accessing Scholarship: What Literacy Researchers Need to Know and Do
Beach, Richard; Carter, Amy; East, Debbie; Johnston, Peter; Reinking, David; Smith-Burke, M. Trika; Stahl, Norm
National Reading Conference
There is an unfolding crisis in scholarly publication that literacy researchers need to know about as well as how to respond appropriately to this crisis. The issues that define the crisis and appropriate responses to it exist at the intersection of two trends. First, academic publishing has been increasingly commercialized. Second there is an increasing array of digital modes, models, and tools available to disseminate and access scholarship online, including not only online journals, but also websites, wikis, blogs, podcasts, and other forms of digital communication. The increasing options for providing digital access to scholarship provides opportunities simultaneously for new commercial models of academic publication as well as the means to circumvent and resist excesses of commercialism driving research publications. These two trends have changed and will continue to change the landscape of academic publishing. These shifts in how research is disseminated demand that all scholars rethink their core values and how those values will be manifested in sharing their scholarship, particularly in relation to the options for online dissemination and access. Further, as the authors will argue, scholarly publication is a dimension of literacy. Therefore, literacy researchers should be at the forefront of scholars who understand how digital communication serves to foster and mediate literacy learning. Nonetheless, as the authors will also argue, literacy researchers, as a whole, tend to be unaware of the critical issues affecting their own literate lives. Failing to address these issues facing all academic scholars may thus unintentionally contribute to trends that are not in the best interest of their own scholarship and that may be detrimental to the state of scholarship in their fields, trends that reflect a larger commercialization of all aspects of education. This article aims to mitigate that shortcoming. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Reading Conference, Inc.