Schools as meeting places : critical and inclusive literacies in changing local environments

Comber, Barbara (2013) Schools as meeting places : critical and inclusive literacies in changing local environments. Language Arts, 90(5), pp. 361-371.

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Schools bring people together. Yet for many children there are major discontinuities between their lives in and out of school and such differences impact on literacy teaching and learning in both predictable and unpredictable ways. However if schools were reconceptualised as meeting places, where different people are thrown together (Massey, 2005) curriculum and pedagogy could be designed to take into account students’ and teachers’ different experiences and histories and to make those differences a resource for literacy learning.

This paper draws on a long-term project with administrators and teachers working in a school situated in a site of urban regeneration and significant demographic shifts. It draws particularly on the ways in which one teacher re-positioned her grade 4/5 students as researchers, designers and journalists exploring student and staff memories of a school. It argues that place, and people’s relationships with places, can be a rich resource for literacy learning when teachers make it the object of study.

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ID Code: 59270
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: critical literacy, inclusivity, local environments, literacy resourcing
ISSN: 1943-2402
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: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 National Council of Teachers of English
Deposited On: 25 Apr 2013 22:40
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2016 05:10

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