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ERIC Number: EJ890513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1175-8708
Sex, Literacy and Videotape: Learning, Identity and Language Development through Documentary Production with "Overage" Students
Goodman, Steven
English Teaching: Practice and Critique, v9 n1 p48-57 May 2010
This case study examines the learning, identity and language development experienced by "overage" 8th-grade students who have been left behind two or more years in their New York City middle school and are participating in an extended-day video documentary program. The students practise a range of literacy skills naturally embedded in the documentary production process. The topic they have chosen to explore through their video project is teen sex. This program seeks to create a vibrant and active learning space that is planting the seeds for what might grow into a sustained program of youth-generated media in their school. Observing and listening in on the students in this case illustrates practical applications of learning theories including multiple discourses, double abstraction, situated learning, and cognitive apprenticeships and proposes new possibilities for literacy development with low-performing students as well as the kind of hybrid informal/formal learning environments needed to support such development. (Contains 1 footnote.)
Wilf Malcolm Institute for Educational Research, University of Waikato. PB 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand. Tel: +64-7-858-5171; Fax: +64-7-838-4712; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 8; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York