Bilingualism in Literacy

The socially embedded nature of literacy is such an enormously large concept and category that it is impossible to fully cover it in one blog post. It is something that can be written about for decades without being entirely understood or explored. So I certainly won’t come to any definitive conclusions here today. What I want to do, instead, is… Read more →

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Identifying Literacy

One thing that has stood out to me about literacy is that how little I know about it. As each day passes I find new ways in which literacy is used in my life. In Brandt’s article, Sponsors of Literacy, she discusses how literacy effects individuals in the job market. It is not just the different means and methods that… Read more →

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Literacy and Institutions

One of the concepts that has resonated with me is the idea of personal literacies. Before this class I had always thought of literacy in the traditional sense of simply referring to reading and writing. However after doing the pilot study and reading the assigned texts I could see that simple answer, while much more palatable than the truth, was… Read more →

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Ethnographic vs. Ethnocentric: An Attempt at Understanding Literacy Things

Literacy is full of dichotomies. As someone who’s new to literacy studies, it’s been difficult to decide which nuanced perspectives to agree with.   Maybe I’ll write my way to some kind of clarity.   Literacy theories generally exist on a continuum between ethnographic and ethnocentric. The most clear example of an ethnocentric theory being the “Great Divide,” where literacy… Read more →

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Bullet Points & Insecurities

I can’t lie. My first reaction to reading another individual’s writing does not come without an unspoken rating scale. Posts on Facebook, texts from friends, even my favorite copy of C. S. Lewis’ “A Grief Observed” where I cringe whenever I run across that one typo…I fear that it all leads to one conclusion: I, albeit subconsciously, view literacy as… Read more →

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Ramblings on Literacy

The first thing to understand about literacy is that it is complex. It is more than what first comes to mind when the word “literacy” is uttered. It is certainly more than reading and writing and any “standardized” or “idolized” ideas about what is included in those practices. A lot of my understanding about literacy has been guided by my… Read more →

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Literacy is a Rubik’s Cube, Good Luck

“Literacy” may seem like a simple four-syllable word to some, but the idea behind it is considerably more complex than the 17x17x17 Rubik’s cube designed by Oskar Van Deventer. It doesn’t fit into a certain mold because there is so much to consider.   With a quick Google search, the noun’s definition appears on screen as “ability to read and… Read more →

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Jaxon: Sponsor Problems

In “Sponsors of Literacy,” (1998) Deborah Brandt offers a compelling and complex look at the concept of sponsorship. Through case studies, she demonstrates how literacy learning and usage is brought into existence by sponsors, and defines the term to mean “people, institutions, materials, and motivations involved in the process [of learning to read and write]” (p. 167). Brandt’s essay provides… Read more →

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Ideas for our blogs

What do we want to say about literacy studies so far… literacy practices literacy events sponsors and sponsorship new literacies context social practices social nature of writing the great divide oral vs written cultures and texts civilized vs primitive othering and east/west binary our own literacy practices digital literacies situated literacies autonomous ideological assimilation “standard” disrupting the idea of standards… Read more →