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ERIC Number: EJ880103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Adolescent Worlds and Literacy Practices on the United States-Mexico Border
de la Piedra, Maria Teresa
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v53 n7 p575-584 Apr 2010
This article presents partial results of an ethnographic study about literacy practices among adolescents living near the United States-Mexico border. The students became involved in literacy practices with their friends and family at home. These practices were related to the adolescents' interests in popular culture such as reading magazines or webpages about their favorite bands and telenovelas. Although the dominant views of literacy (e.g., needing English literacy to pass the state standardized test) saturated observed school practices, vernacular practices of adolescents could be incorporated in school literacy instruction, promoting students' engagement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico; Texas