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ERIC Number: EJ826847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Orlonia's "Literacy-in-Persons": Expanding Notions of Literacy through Biography and History
Johnson, Amy Suzanne; Cowles, Lauren
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v52 n5 p410-420 Feb 2009
Life history methods were used to explore the literate identity of one African American woman, Orlonia, who lives and works in a small rural community in the southeastern United States. Specifically, the authors explore how Orlonia's literate identity is constantly developing throughout her life, taking place in frames of biography and history. The authors suggest "literacy-in-persons" as a mechanism for understanding Orlonia's literate self. Finally, the authors pose implications of "literacy-in-persons" for teachers of adolescent and adult learners, suggesting practitioners inquire into the biographical and historical aspects of their students and their own literacy practices. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A