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ERIC Number: ED553215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 289
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ISBN: 978-1-3030-4785-5
A Literacy Portrait of One School
Lilavois, Nathalie C.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Hofstra University
This longitudinal ethnography presents the literacy story of one school through the displays of student work throughout the school year. In a time where regulations dominate school endeavors, students take their rightful place at the center of the educational process in this study. Through the work and words of the children and their teachers, a story emerges of a school that maintains its focus on children as its primary interest. This ethnographic study was conducted over six years from 2002 to 2008. During this time frame, a collection of 753 photographs of displays of student work were analyzed for evidence of literacy events and practices that characterized the school. This study sought to address the following research questions: * What do our literacy displays convey about prevailing literacy practices and events that teachers and students engage in as part of their daily routines? * What events and practices are constitutive of literacy in this place at this particular time? * What meanings are (re)constructed by teachers, students, and visitors around the literacy displays they see? * How do these understandings contrast with the views reflected in the state and federal focus on educational reform? Photography was viewed as a communicative, transformative, and generative language that allowed the examination of personal and shared meaning of the displays. The process is presented as an ethnographic narrative that captures research events and weaves them into a literacy story. The photographs themselves function as text for the researcher and reader. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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