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ERIC Number: EJ1065909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Learning through Play: Portraits, Photoshop, and Visual Literacy Practices
Honeyford, Michelle A.; Boyd, Karen
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v59 n1 p63-73 Jul-Aug 2015
Play has a significant role in language and literacy learning. However, even when valued in schools, opportunities for play are limited beyond early childhood education. This study of an after-school program for adolescents looks closely at several forms of play that students engaged in to produce self-portraits. The study suggests that play and experimentation with visual texts, tools, spaces, peers, and materials contributed to students' engagement with complex visual literacy practices. Two important implications are discussed: (1) that learning through play is a participatory, inclusive approach to literacy that invites adolescent students, even those often reticent to take risks, to cultivate literacy practices and identities; and (2) that visual modes of literacy play and production enable an experiential understanding of academic literacy concepts adaptable to other modalities and contexts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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