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Literacy and Social Responsibility

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This volume brings together a number of people professionally engaged in the study of literacy, either because they are teachers or teacher educators of language and literacy, or because they are involved as social and/or educational workers researching or providing programs to address the needs of people at risk because of inadequate literacy skills. It thus sets up a dialogue between these two communities of writers, all bringing different perspectives to the issues, some from the context of Literacy Education, others from the context of Social Work. All are committed to the view that provision of effective literacy programs is a matter of equity and social justice, though the ways in which they address such a view can differ. Issues addressed include: the changing nature of literacy in the modern world; the impact of the multimodal environment in which literacy now functions; the implications of this environment for pedagogical practices in the teaching of literacy; the causes and consequences of social disadvantage in learning literacy among various groups; and means to address such disadvantage.

Published: Nov 1, 2010

Section Chapter Authors
Literacy and social responsibility Frances Christie, Alyson Simpson
Literacy as a theme in educational theory and policy Frances Christie
Multiple literacies: implications for changed pedagogy Alyson Simpson, Maureen Walsh
Socially responsible literacy education: toward an ‘organic relation’ to our place and time Peter Freebody
Literacy and the Arts Robyn Ewing
The social context of literacy acquisition: achieving good beginnings Tony Vinson
The experience of Youth Off The Streets Fr. Chris Reiley, Karelynne Randall
Beating educational inequality with an integrated reading pedagogy David Rose
Enhancing literacy education for refugee children Denise Lynch
Envoi Frances Christie, Alyson Simpson
Index Frances Christie, Alyson Simpson

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This edited text emphasizes an important contemporary theme. Increasingly, literacy is being associated with aspects of advantage and disadvantage, social inclusion and social exclusion. All the authors explore interesting and pertinent areas and this book makes a valuable contribution to the field.
Professor Barbara Fawcett, University of Sydney

The editors indicate in the opening chapter of this volume that there is less formal dialogue between social workers and literacy educators than is commonly thought. This is certainly the case, and the current volume takes an important step towards a productive synthesis of the best thinking in each field in the Australian context. The volume provides a theoretically and methodologically strong foundation upon which this dialogue can continue to build, both nationally and internationally. Its ten chapters draw on the authoritative research and field experience of significant thinkers in literacy education and welfare, each one of whom in turn draws on other well-respected data to support a compelling case for the closer articulation of the two fields.
Associate Professor Kristina Love, University of Melbourne

This volume has many merits -- the main one being that it is a collection of scholarly papers, with appropriate citations, regarding the academic literature. A second merit lies in the main thesis of the authors which concerns a call for more collaboration between educators and social workers for a richer pedagogy to foster literacy. ...This volume is an excellent contribution to literacy scholarship and is certainly worth reading.
Philippa Mungra, English as an International Language Journal

This book provides an informative and worthwhile introduction to essential considerations for literacy and social responsibility from a group of authors who are all highly experienced and valued contributors to their respective fields.
Australian Review of Applied Linguistics