Weekly Featured Writers

Each week, 1-2 people will curate the ideas and writing from our class into a featured blog. We will use these blogs to connect with colleagues outside our course.

Jaxon Tweets

How do you all think about critical digital pedagogy? Center on access and equity, open, reflective, and networked for sure. Knowing to open up space to other voices and certainly amplifying student voices. What say you all? #nwp #ClinTE #digped Even better: CDP in a GIF pic.twitter.com/x7x9…



In order of calendar appearance:

Jan 25: Szwed, John F.  “The Ethnography of Literacy.” Literacy: A Critical Sourcebook.  Eds. Ellen Cushman, Eugene R. Kintgen, Barry M. Kroll, and Mike Rose.  Boston: Bedford, 2001. 421-29.

Feb 1: Scribner, Sylvia. “Literacy in Three Metaphors.” American Journal of Education 93 (1984): 6-21.

Feb 8: Brandt, Deborah. “Sponsors of Literacy.” College Composition and Communication 49.2 (1998): 165-85. Link HERE to our shared notes. Link to our featured summary from Keaton Kirkpatrick HERE

Feb 15: Collins, James, and Richard K. Blot. “The Literacy Thesis: Vexed Questions of Rationality, Development, and Self.” Literacy and Literacies: Texts, Power, and Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. 9-33. Link HERE to our shared notes. Link to our featured summary from Matt Franks HERE.

Feb 22: Brandt, Deborah, and Katie Clinton. “Limits of the Local: Expanding Perspectives on Literacy as a Social Practice.” Journal of Literacy Research 34.3 (2002): 337-56. Link HERE to our shared notes.

Feb 22: Street, Brian. “What’s ‘New’ in New Literacy Studies: Critical Approaches to Literacy in Theory and Practice.” Current Issues in Comparative Education 5.2 (2003): 77-91. Link HERE to our shared notes.

March 1: Moll, Luis and Norma González. “Lessons from Research with Language-Minority Children.” Journal of Reading Behavior 26.4 (1994): 439-56.

March 1: Dyson, Ann Haas and Geneva Smitherman. “The Right (Write) Start: African American Language and the Discourse of Sounding Right.” Teachers College Record 111.4, (2009): 973-998.

After spring break:

Brandt, Deborah. The Rise of Writing: Redefining Mass Literacy. Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Reading lists for oral exam.


Other research and supplemental reading:

Baron, Dennis. “From Pencils to Pixels: The Stages of Literacy Technologies.” Passions, Pedagogies, and Twenty-First Century Technologies. Ed. Gail E. Hawisher and Cynthia L. Selfe. Utah State University Press, 1999. 15-33.

Barton, David. “The Social Basis of Literacy.” Literacy: An Introduction to the Ecology of Written Language. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007. 33-71.

Brandt, Deborah. “Accumulating Literacy: Writing and Learning to Write in the Twentieth Century.” College English 57.6 (1995): 649-668.

Buck, Amber. “Examining Digital Literacy Practices on Social Network Sites.” Research in the Teaching of English 47.1 (2012): 9-38.

Gates, Jr., Henry Louis.  “Writing ‘Race’ and the Difference It Makes.” “Race,” Writing and Difference.  Ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1987. 4-15.

Goody, Jack, and Ian Watt. “The Consequences of Literacy.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 5.3 (1963): 304-45.

Hamilton, Mary. “Expanding the New Literacy Studies: Using Photographs to Explore Literacy as Social Practice.” Situated Literacies: Reading and Writing in Context. Eds. David Barton, Mary Hamilton, and Roz Ivanič. New York: Routledge, 1999. 16-34.

Jenkins, Henry, et al. Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. White paper for Digital Media and Learning series. Chicago: MacArthur Foundation, 2005.

Knobel, Michele and Colin Lankshear (Eds). A New Literacies Sampler. Peter Lang Publishing, 2007.

The New London Group. “A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies: Designing Social Futures.” Harvard Educational Review 66.1 (1996): 60-92. 

Olson, David R.  “Writing and the Mind.” Sociocultural Studies of Mind. Ed. James V. Wertsch, Pablo Del Rio, and Amelia Alverez. Cambridge University Press, 1995. 95-123.

Ong, Walter. “Writing is a Technology that Restructures Thought.” The Written Word: Literacy in Transition. Ed. Gerd Baumann. Oxford University Press, 1986. 23-50.

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