Cultural difference, social justice and reading education in a new literacies context

Dooley, Karen T. & Healy, Annah H. (2003) Cultural difference, social justice and reading education in a new literacies context. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 7(2), pp. 103-119.


The digital platforms from which many students receive their community literacies have served to destabilize further the validity of the traditional print-based reading platforms from which many teachers work with novice readers in early childhood classrooms. The expectations teachers have of what it is that students bring with them to school are creating new forms of disadvantage for many, as a growing number of students engage in textual practices that are no longer centred on print technology. We suggest that the teaching of reading in schools must embrace the textual practices of a new literacies society, and expand text mode and media choices accordingly. The recommendation is made on the basis that 40 years of sociological research has shown that a major cause of school failure is the disjunction that occurs between community and school literacy practices. Accordingly, the reluctance of schools to incorporate a wider set of community literacy practices and texts into reading programmes can be viewed as a significant source of educational injustice. It is therefore imperative that teachers be prepared to build socially valued outcomes on the reading competencies that diverse groups of novice readers bring to school.

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ID Code: 10021
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1464-5173
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in International Journal of Inclusive Education 7(2):pp. 103-119.
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 12:58

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