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ERIC Number: EJ904566
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Talking Trade: Literacy Researchers as Practicing Artists
Albers, Peggy; Holbrook, Teri; Harste, Jerome C.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v54 n3 p164-171 Nov 2010
Over the past two decades, educational scholars have seen major shifts in how literacy is viewed. One of these shifts has been toward conceptualizing literacy as a set of social practices (Street, 1995) that people embody and value. To disrupt current definitions of literacy, the valued practices that keep those forms of literacy in place must change. The authors have significantly changed their social practices to include personal, systematic, and continuous study of the arts, so much so that they identify both as literacy researchers and practicing artists. As such, their understanding of literacy has changed. This article presents the authors' thinking as artists and literacy researchers about meaning making, including their reflections on how working in the arts has impacted their perspectives on why the arts are significant to literacy practices. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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