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Making Literacy Real

Making Literacy Real
Theories and Practices for Learning and Teaching

Second Edition

February 2015 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Offering an overview of the major fields in literacy studies, this book presents a detailed and accessible discussion of key theories and their relevance in the primary classroom.

Each chapter uses a real life case study to explore the application of theory in practice, followed by a detailed discussion of the case study material by a leading name in the field, including contributions from Barbara Comber, Michele Knobel, Colin Lankshear, Gunther Kress, Brian Street, Kevin Leander and Patricia Enciso.

The text also offers reflections on theoretical foundations for research, exploring literacy as a practice grounded in social, cultural, historical and political contexts and in relationships of power.

This second edition includes:

  • New chapters covering digital literacy, space and play, and multimodality
  • Examples and contributions from a range of international contexts, including US, UK, Canada, Australia and South Africa
  • Further reading links.

Essential reading for students at undergraduate and post-graduate level on primary education courses and an invaluable guide for anyone wanting to understand literacy theory and successfully apply this to the classroom. 

Foundational Perspectives
New Literacy Studies
Critical Literacy
Literacy and Digital Technologies
Multimodality and Artifactual Literacies
Space, Play and Literacy
Reframing Sociocultural Theory: Identity, Agency and Power
Bringing the Frameworks Together: Implications for research, policy and practice

Clearly makes links between theory and practice , using relevant case studies to illustrate the discussion. Revised version has updated existing chapters and the new chapters focusing on digital literacies, learning environmnets and multimodality are extremely relevant to education in the 21st century.

Mrs Ros Steward
Department of Education, University of the West Of England
June 25, 2015

Brand new chapters on:

Multimodality and Artifactual Literacies (Ch5)

Literacy, Space and Play (Ch6)

Increased coverage on digital technologies