The literacy curriculum: A critical review

Mills, Kathy A. & Unsworth, Len (2016) The literacy curriculum: A critical review. In Wyse, Dominic, Hayward, Louise, & Pandya, Jessica (Eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment. SAGE Publications Ltd.

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Abstract

This is a critical review of the scope of the literacy curriculum in the twenty-first century, uncovering the strengths, controversies, and silences that have divided literacy researchers and educators. It conceptualizes the literacy curriculum as a particular set of socially organized symbolic practices that are always selective, and which are inextricably connected to the function and organization of schooling. We trace the political, historical, and ideological antecedents of literacy curriculum and schooling as a form of cultural apparatus of the nation-state, before tracing some of the major interpretive paradigms that have influenced the shape of the literacy curriculum in many parts of the world. These include debates about skills-based approaches, whole language, systemic functional grammar, and critical literacy. It then draws attention to noteworthy advances and shifts in the field over recent decades: debates about the role of orality in the literacy curriculum, home-school community literacy practices, teacher and student knowledge of language and grammar, and the role of curriculum area literacies. It anticipates the future of the literacy curriculum in online textual environments and the changing sensorial and material nature of literacy practices, while acknowledging that curriculum innovation is always limited in complex ways by historically established pedagogic discourses of schooling.

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ID Code: 88924
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: education, curriculum, pedagogy, literacy, assessment, digital text, online textual environment
ISBN: 9781446297025
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Authors and Publisher
Deposited On: 12 Oct 2015 00:45
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2016 02:37

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