Local Literacies

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Overview

Local Literacies is a unique study of everyday reading and writing. By concentrating on a selection of people in a particular community in Britain, the authors analyze how they use literacy in their day-to-day lives.
This exploration provides a description of literacy at one point in time, and also reveals the nature and significance of communication to people, households and communities.
Local Literacies, the first in-depth study of literacy, includes:
* appendices of raw data
* notes for teachers and students on how to use the book
* guidance for carrying out individual research
Local Literacies is both a theoretical work, and a practical book. It provides stimulating and informative reading for anyone interested in the nature of literacy today, particularly students, teachers and researchers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415171496
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/26/1998
  • Pages: 320
  • Lexile: 1250L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of asides
List of figures
Foreword
Preface
1 Understanding literacy as social practice 3
2 Locating literacies in time and space: (1) a history of literacy in Lancaster 23
3 Locating literacies in time and space: (2) Lancaster today 36
4 Ethnography in practice 57
5 How they've fared in education: Harry's literacy practices 77
6 Getting things done in the community: Shirley's literacy practices 93
7 Living a local life: June's literacy practices 112
8 Leisure and pleasure: Cliff's literacy practices 129
9 Everyday literacies: (1) the range of practices 149
10 Everyday literacies: (2) the patterning of practices 170
11 Home, learning and education 188
12 The web of literacies in local organisations 208
13 Becoming expert: literacy and sense making 231
14 Vernacular literacies 247
15 Afterword 263
App. 1 People interviewed in the Literacy in the Community project 269
App. 2 Topics covered in the Literacy in the Community interview 274
App. 3 Metaphors for the research process 275
App. 4 Research into practice 279
Bibliography 284
Index of informants 293
Index 295
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