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ERIC Number: EJ1028627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0141-0423
Points of View: Reconceptualising Literacies through an Exploration of Adult and Child Interactions in a Virtual World
Burnett, Cathy; Merchant, Guy
Journal of Research in Reading, v37 n1 p36-50 Feb 2014
This article explores theoretical and methodological issues in literacy studies emerging from an investigation of how children and adults make meanings when virtual worlds are embedded in classroom contexts. Drawing on the work of Law and Mol and Kwa's exploration of "baroque complexity", it highlights the importance of recognising and interrogating multiplicity in examining interactions through and around texts. The implications of this, we suggest, go beyond research into literacies in digital environments to raise questions about how we theorise and research literacies more generally. In particular, this leads us to re-examine the use of the literacy event as a unit of analysis. We argue that these issues are particularly important at a time when diverse and multiple literacies collide with educational policies that reduce literacies to "the basics" and to simple models that prescribe what is learned.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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