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Literacy Research Discussion Group: Catalan Research on Adolescent and Adult Literacy

Date: 17 May 2011 Time: 1-2 pm

Venue: C89, County South

Daniel Cassany(Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona):

The aim of this talk is tointroducetheresearch groupLiteracitatCritica(Critical Literacy, in Catalan), fromUniversitatPompeuFabra(Barcelona). I'll explain brieflyitscomposition, majorprojects,publications andwebsites.As anexampleI will summarizethreerecent smallresearch projects,usingcase studyapproaches and focusing on the reading practices of youth people, whichhave beenpublishedin Catalan in Catalan journals:

1. Reading aboutdrugson the web.Threeboys(13-14 years) read three websites about marijuana (political,religiousandscientific)and chooseonetorecommend toa friend. Thetranscriptof theconversationshowsthat:a)theboysignorethe ideologyof thewebsites;b)constructmeaningwhen they connectwhat they readwith their environment,c)usesuperficial criteriatosolvethetask.See: Martí (2008)Articles, 44: 59-74.

2.Reading political editorials. 9 college students (17-18 years) read two political editorials with opposite positions and have to guess their ideology, to justify it and to decide whether they agree or not. Data from the interviews and the responses show that: a) only 1 student fails and shows systematic inconsistencies, b) 4 students agree with 1 editorial and provide personal data and coherent reasoning; b) 4 students both agree with the two editorials and in their responses repeatideas, say obvious things or erratic data. See:Cassany, Cortiñas, Hernández and Sala (2008)Temps d'Educació, 34: 11-28.

3. Internet: 1; School: 0? Ari-chan dedicates 2-3h per day to reading and writing on the Web: she is webmaster of a literary forum, has two photologs with 15 readers, writes a personal diary, etc. But she cannot pass several exams on Language and Arts for her final college course. Based on interviews and analysis of her writings and teaching materials at college, I'll discuss whether the Internet provides a more significant and effective context (community of practice) than school for some learners for the purpose of developing their literate practices. See: Cassany and Hernandez (2011), Articles, 53: 25-34.

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Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: David Barton

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

Keywords: Adolescent, Adult learning, Digital literacies, Literacies


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