Children re-read and re-write their neighborhoods : critical literacies and identity work

Comber, Barbara & Nixon, Helen (2005) Children re-read and re-write their neighborhoods : critical literacies and identity work. In Evans, Janet (Ed.) Literacy Moves On : Popular Culture, New Technologies and Critical Literacy in the Elementary Classroom. Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH, pp. 127-148.

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This chapter considers the complex literate repertoires of 21st century children in multicultural primary classrooms in Adelaide South Australia. It draws on the curricular and pedagogical work of two experienced primary school teachers who explore culture, race and class, by positioning children as textual producers across a variety of media. In particular we discuss two child-authored texts – A is for Arndale – a local alphabet book co-authored by children aged between eight and ten, and – Cooking Afghani Style - a magazine style film produced by a multi-aged class of children (aged eight to thirteen) recently arrived in Australia. In the process of making these texts, primary children engaged in reading as a cultural practice – re-reading and re-writing their neighbourhoods and identities (both individual and collective). This involved frequent excursions to local key sites, both familiar and unfamiliar to the children. They investigated how diverse children experienced and lived their lives in particular places within changing communities.

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ID Code: 41054
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: critical literacy, place-based pedagogy, literacy and identity, primary literacy
ISBN: 9780325007380
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Heinemann
Deposited On: 30 Mar 2011 22:24
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 16:24

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