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LRDG: Connections and disconnections on home and school literacy practices in Chile

Date: 26 February 2013 Time: 1 - 2 pm

Venue: C89, County South

Margarita Calderon, Lancaster University will be speaking on:

This presentation explores the school and home literacy practices in economically disadvantaged settings in Chile. To do so, an ethnographic and participatory approach was developed to observe home and school on a sample of 20 students. Participants in the study were 7 to 10 years old Chilean students from two different schools. Both schools are situated in disadvantaged areas of Santiago, the capital of Chile. Participants were interviewed to discuss their practices and perceptions and then visited at home to observe their environment and routines regarding literacy practices.

Preliminary findings raised interesting issues in regard to the role of school literacies at home. School literacies are perceived as a standard of good practice of literacy at home. In consequence, parents and children assume school literacy practices as the correct way to practice/develop/teach/use reading and writing in any context. This means that parents and children will assume that other practices, not imparted at school, are wrong or not worthy. All in all, by analyzing literacy practices at school and home I reflect about the role of literacy in this particular environment and to what extent and how the context impacts on literacy practices.

Event website: http://literacy.lancs.ac.uk/lrdg/Current_Academic_Year.htm


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Julia Gillen

Organising departments and research centres: Educational Research, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keywords: Chile, Literacy learning, Literacy practices


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