A Review of the "Digital Turn" in the New Literacy Studies

Mills, Kathy A. (2010) A Review of the "Digital Turn" in the New Literacy Studies. Review of Educational Research, 80(2), pp. 246-271.

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Digital communication has transformed literacy practices and assumed great importance in the functioning of workplace, recreational, and community contexts. This article reviews a decade of empirical work of the New Literacy Studies, identifying the shift toward research of digital literacy applications. The article engages with the central theoretical, methodological, and pragmatic challenges in the tradition of New Literacy Studies, while highlighting the distinctive trends in the digital strand. It identifies common patterns across new literacy practices through cross-comparisons of ethnographic research in digital media environments. It examines ways in which this research is taking into account power and pedagogy in normative contexts of literacy learning using the new media. Recommendations are given to strengthen the links between New Literacy Studies research and literacy curriculum, assessment, and accountability in the 21st century.

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ID Code: 32979
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: new literacy studies, digital, multiliteracies, literacy, education
DOI: 10.3102/0034654310364401
ISSN: 0034-6543
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Sage Publications.
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2010 02:18
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2015 22:44

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