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ERIC Number: EJ1021768
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0360-9170
Schools as Meeting Places: Critical and Inclusive Literacies in Changing Local Environments
Comber, Barbara
Language Arts, v90 n5 p361-371 May 2013
Schools bring people together. Yet for many children there are major discontinuities between their lives in and out of school and such differences impact on literacy teaching and learning in both predictable and unpredictable ways. However if schools were reconceptualised as meeting places, where different people are thrown together (Massey, 2005) curriculum and pedagogy could be designed to take into account students' and teachers' different experiences and histories and to make those differences a resource for literacy learning. This paper draws on a long-term project with administrators and teachers working in a school situated in a site of urban regeneration and significant demographic shifts. It draws particularly on the ways in which one teacher re-positioned her grade 4/5 students as researchers, designers and journalists exploring student and staff memories of a school. It argues that place, and people's relationships with places, can be a rich resource for literacy learning when teachers make it the object of study.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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