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Lewis Ellison, Tisha; Wang, Huan – Journal of Literacy Research, 2018
This article examines the digital storytelling practices between an African American mother and son. We used agency as a theoretical framework to explore how the two exercised their own power to collaborate on their digital story. As digital technologies became part of their practice, challenges and tensions arose when both participants attempted…
Descriptors: African Americans, Parents, Case Studies, Mothers
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Skerrett, Allison – Journal of Literacy Research, 2018
This article examines an adolescent's music literacy education across Caribbean and U.S. schools using qualitative research methods and theories of multimodality, transnationalism, and global cultural flows. Findings include that the youth's music literacy practices continuously shifted in response to the cultural practices and values of the…
Descriptors: Literacy, Music Education, Music, Adolescents
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Brooks, Wanda; Cueto, Desiree – Journal of Literacy Research, 2018
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the "Journal of Literacy Research," this article reviews the trajectory of a particular line of scholarship published in this journal over the past five decades. We focus on African diaspora youth literature to contemplate and extend the ways in which literacy researchers carry out textual analysis…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Adolescent Literature, Periodicals, Literacy
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Weyand, Larkin; Goff, Brent; Newell, George – Journal of Literacy Research, 2018
This study examines how instructional conversations revealed the ways two teachers' argumentative epistemologies (ideational and social process) shaped literacy events focused on the warranting of evidence. A microethnographic study of the literacy events within each teacher's respective instructional unit revealed that each teacher's epistemology…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Teaching Styles, Teaching Methods, Persuasive Discourse
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Perry, Kristen H.; Shaw, Donita M.; Ivanyuk, Lyudmyla; Tham, Yuen San Sarah – Journal of Literacy Research, 2018
We used metastudy and metasynthesis techniques to conduct a discursive review of 101 recent publications on the topic of adult functional literacy (FL). Our purpose was to understand the ideologies shaping current definitions and conceptualizations of FL, as well as how and why FL is researched and assessed as it is. Using discursive review…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Functional Literacy, Ideology, Meta Analysis
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Wickens, Corrine M. – Journal of Literacy Research, 2018
Drawing from sociological and economic analyses of gender and work, this column explores issues of occupational gender segregation, privilege, and devaluation. Comparisons are made with increased female achievement at all levels in postsecondary education. The questions are then raised: If cultural devaluation of women and activities remains…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Gender Bias, Higher Education, Comparative Analysis
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Howell, Emily; Butler, Tracy; Reinking, David – Journal of Literacy Research, 2017
We conducted a formative experiment investigating how an intervention that engaged students in constructing multimodal arguments could be integrated into high school English instruction to improve students' argumentative writing. The intervention entailed three essential components: (a) construction of arguments defined as claims, evidence, and…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Intervention, Persuasive Discourse, High School Students
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Lee, Bridget Kiger; Enciso, Patricia – Journal of Literacy Research, 2017
Drawing on assets-oriented, sociocultural theories of imagination and learning, the authors argue that the improvisational qualities and expanded resources of dramatic approaches to teaching make a positive difference in the quality of and persistence in students' story writing. The authors describe findings from a controlled quasi-experimental…
Descriptors: Imagination, Creativity, Drama, Teaching Methods
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Stevenson, Alma; Beck, Scott – Journal of Literacy Research, 2017
This article analyzes data from a summer literacy program for intermediate and middle-level children of migrant farmworkers. The program was grounded in a sociocultural perspective on literacy, stressing the importance of interaction and collaboration within socioculturally responsive pedagogy, using enabling literature to empower students.…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Literacy Education, Migrant Education, Social Influences
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Granados, Nadia R. – Journal of Literacy Research, 2017
Using qualitative methodology, this research examines how graduates of a K-5 dual language immersion program have experienced multiple and competing social, cultural, institutional, and political forces at play in complex processes that ultimately affect one's mobilities of language, literacy, and learning. These students have now grown into…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Literacy, Immersion Programs, Second Language Learning
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García, Georgia Earnest; Godina, Heriberto – Journal of Literacy Research, 2017
A qualitative think-aloud study, informed by social literacies and holistic bilingual perspectives, was conducted to examine how six emergent bilingual, Mexican American, fourth graders approached, interacted with, and comprehended narrative and expository texts in Spanish and English. The children had strong Spanish reading test scores, but…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Mexican Americans, Code Switching (Language), Translation
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Majors, Yolanda; Lewis, Cynthia; Tierney, Robert J.; Beach, Richard – Journal of Literacy Research, 2017
In this Insights column, four authors address the question: Given current and potential shifts in education policy, what should literacy educators keep in mind to move forward with exceptional literacy research and practices? Majors and Lewis urge white scholars to reach out to scholars of color in learning how to generate counter-arguments that…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Literacy Education, Teaching Methods, Research
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Bauer, Eurydice Bouchereau; Presiado, Vivian; Colomer, Soria – Journal of Literacy Research, 2017
A critical function of schooling is to provide young writers with opportunities to explore real-life, out-of-school experiences through writing. However, literacy instruction in U.S. schools primarily (and sometimes almost exclusively) focuses on the tested skills, with little recognition of children's diverse backgrounds and experiences. The…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Code Switching (Language), Bilingual Education, Kindergarten
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Durán, Leah – Journal of Literacy Research, 2017
This study explored how an audience-focused writing curriculum mediated the literacy development of bilingual Latina/o first-grade students. Drawing on translingual theories of literacy and scholarship describing the role of audience and audience awareness in skilled writing, this study qualitatively documented and analyzed students' writing and…
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, Bilingualism, Hispanic American Students, Elementary School Students
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Compton-Lilly, Catherine; Papoi, Kristin; Venegas, Patricia; Hamman, Laura; Schwabenbauer, Briana – Journal of Literacy Research, 2017
We cast our lens on intersectional networks of identity negotiated by young children in immigrant families. Although some scholars discuss identity construction, we reference identity negotiation to capture the active, strategic, and agential work that we witnessed in our study. We begin by synthesizing relevant research on children's identity…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Young Children, Identification (Psychology), Case Studies
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