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ERIC Number: EJ937908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1366
Reading, Writing, Resonating: Striking Chords across the Contexts of Students' Everyday and College Lives
Mannion, Greg; Miller, Kate; Gibb, Ian; Goodman, Ronnie
Pedagogy, Culture and Society, v17 n3 p323-339 2009
This paper draws on data from an Economic and Social Research Council-funded research project on literacies in the context of further education in the UK. Taking a social view of reading and writing moves us away from seeing literacy (singular) as a universal set of transferable skills towards seeing literacies (plural) as emergent practices found in social settings. Taking a situated, socio-cultural approach also leads us to notice how contexts and practice co-emerge. The research project we document sought to inquire into the interface between literacies in students' everyday lives and their formal college coursework. Findings indicate that if contexts and their associated literacies are co-emergent and co-determined by each other, then literacy skills do not simply "transfer" between contexts but are better seen as "resonant" across contexts through the manner in which discrete "aspects" of literacy practices relate. We conclude by delineating some strategies for enacting a critical, situated-yet-polycontextual literacy pedagogy that pays respect to students' everyday literacies as a valuable resource base in formal coursework. (Contains 1 note and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom