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ERIC Number: EJ860793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Reading by Design: Two Case Studies of Digital Reading Practices
Rowsell, Jennifer; Burke, Anne
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v53 n2 p106-118 Oct 2009
The digital reading practices of two middle school students in US and Canadian contexts are examined. Using a multimodal discourse framework, the authors contemplate what digital reading practice is and distinctive practices of reading texts online compared with printed, school-based literacy practices. By focusing on two different genres of online texts, the authors illustrate the diversity of reading practices that digital texts entail. Alongside mapping out practices, the article aligns practices with reader subjectivities and describes how one informs the other. At the end of the article, implications for practice are foregrounded, such as using design to facilitate comprehension, invoking producer agendas in the act of reading, and identifying discourses and ideologies through the distribution of visuals and modalities within the semiotics of texts. (Contains 3 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States