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Carbon literacy practices: textual footprints between school and home: an LRDG seminar

Date: 26 January 2010 Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm

Venue: Institute for Advanced Studies, Meeting Room 1

Literacy Research Centre Seminar Series

Candice Satchwel, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre

Carbon literacy practices: textual footprints between school and home

How do children make sense of climate change? Although climate change is not a designated topic in the national curriculum in primary school, children are open to numerous messages about the subject, both in and out of school. At the same time, children are often constructed as 'agents of change' in relation to environmental issues. This project attempts to expand and redefine the notion of 'carbon literacy' by studying the literacy practices of children in relation to climate change, and in relation to their families and communities. The pilot study which I will discuss has used a variety of ethnographic methods to understand ways in which children construct knowledge about climate change, including observations, focus groups and interviews. I have also piloted a method of 'tracking' children's literacy practices outside of school by using mobile phones and Twitter to convey messages amongst a group of children and a researcher, leading to the joint construction of narratives.

Event website: http://literacy.lancs.ac.uk

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Who can attend: Anyone

 

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

Keywords: Literacies, Literacy

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