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Smith, Helen Victoria – Literacy, 2018
At a time when government funding cuts mean that public libraries face an uncertain future and need to make sure they stay relevant to young users and their families, this paper explores what counts as literacy for young children in a public library in a town in the East Midlands, UK. It is based on a study which adopted an ethnographic approach,…
Descriptors: Young Children, Public Libraries, Literacy, Ethnography
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Aliagas, Cristina; Margallo, Ana María – Literacy, 2017
This paper reports on some data on the effects of screen-based interactivity on children's engagement with storybook apps during family shared book reading that were gathered in a 2-year, small-scale ethnographic case study in Spain. Data analysis focuses on the complex interplay between the storybook app's interactive features and the children's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Children, Responses, Interaction
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Sabeti, Shari – Literacy, 2016
Creative writing is often thought of as an individual and solitary pursuit. This is partly owing to Romantic (and still popular) notions of "creativity" as residing in highly gifted individuals, but also to the widely held belief that "writing" is a lonely rather than a social activity. The research presented in this paper…
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Ethnography, Creativity, Interviews
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Bailey, Chris – Literacy, 2016
Recent work around the use of virtual world video games in educational contexts has conceptualised literacies as communal processes, whilst considering complex notions of collaboration through participants' multiplicity of presence in hybrid virtual/physical locations. However, further research is necessary in order to help us understand how the…
Descriptors: Singing, Video Games, Interpersonal Relationship, Ethnography
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Smith, Anna; Hall, Matthew; Sousanis, Nick – Literacy, 2015
Drawing from the research methods of three distinct literacy studies, in this piece, we highlight the visualisation approaches integral to our enquiry processes as researchers working to make sense of literacy and learning. We aim to encourage, provoke even, a conversation about visualisation processes in literacy research by sharing the…
Descriptors: Visualization, Musical Composition, Figurative Language, Cartoons
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Rish, Ryan M. – Literacy, 2015
This article addresses how mediated discourse theory and related analytical tools can be used to explore how students write together. Considered within a sociocultural framework that conceptualises writing as involving distributed, mediated and dialogic processes of invention, this article presents an investigation of how three high school…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Collaborative Writing, High School Students, Authors
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Tan, Jennifer – Literacy, 2015
This paper presents an ethnographic study of the out of school literacy practices of children living in residential care in Malaysia. Although residential homes generate much publicity, especially during the festive seasons, not much is known about the children living within the confines of these homes. Even more lacking is research on their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethnography, Literacy, Residential Care
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Comber, Barbara – Literacy, 2014
This paper draws upon several decades of literacy research in schools in high-poverty environments to explore what matters in young people's education. In dialogue with themes from Kevin Marjoribanks' work, such as student aspirations, family environments and teacher expectations, key insights are summarised. Referring to longitudinal…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Poverty, Case Studies, Longitudinal Studies
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Rosowsky, Andrey – Literacy, 2013
Thousands of UK school children spend considerable time during a lengthy period of their youth learning to read, or decode, a 'religious classical', the liturgical language connected to their faith. Drawing on recent theories of reading, identity and literacy practices, this paper briefly describes and seeks to share tentative thoughts about some…
Descriptors: Phonics, Religious Education, Foreign Countries, Self Concept
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Wiseman, Angela – Literacy, 2011
A poetry workshop can present opportunities to integrate students' knowledge and perspectives in classroom contexts, encouraging the use of language for expression, communication, learning and even empowerment. This paper describes how adolescent students respond to a poetry workshop in an English classroom centred on teaching writing that is…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Writing Strategies, Participant Observation, Figurative Language
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Hope, Julia – Literacy, 2011
For over 20 years, researchers and evaluators worldwide have criticised the traditional formula of family learning courses for their narrow vision, and have emphasised their potential to provide a bridge between home and school experiences, building on resources that parents already have, but which are unknown or unacknowledged. This article…
Descriptors: Evaluators, Ethnography, Refugees, Researchers
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Anderson, Rosemary – Literacy, 2009
This article discusses the identities that may be constructed by upper primary aged pupils during silent reading sessions. The findings presented are taken from a 2-year ethnographic case study, which investigated how four dyslexic pupils, aged 10-11 (Y5-6), coped with the classroom reading they encountered at a large primary school in northern…
Descriptors: Silent Reading, Foreign Countries, Literacy, Elementary School Students
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Pahl, Kate – Literacy, 2007
This article argues that it is possible to look at children's texts in relation to the lens of literacy events and practices from the New Literacy Studies, and apply this perspective to an understanding of creativity. Teachers can then use the possibilities within a text to ask children different kinds of questions. Drawing on a 2-year…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Ethnography, Creativity
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Grugeon, Elizabeth – Literacy, 2005
This article reports on ongoing work in initial teacher education (ITE) where student teachers have been required to observe and record children's play, to describe and analyse this, and to consider the pedagogical implications. They have been introduced to a theoretical background, which takes into account the increasingly multi-modal nature of…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Play, Popular Culture, Playgrounds