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Literacy Research Discussion Group: "You know, they're things with paper? They haven't got an off button." Reading, writing and risky literacies at home.

Date: 24 May 2011 Time: 1-2 pm

Venue: C89, County South

Claire Coulton (Lancaster University): In public and mainstream discourse, children's literacy skills are frequently viewed as being under threat by new modes of interpersonal communication conducted through media such as SMS text messaging, synchronous chat (i.e. MSN) and social networking (i.e. Facebook). However, alongside these powerful messages that highlight a threat to traditional literacy standards, parents are also encouraged to provide ICTs and the internet for their children in order for them to make the most of the educational opportunities digital technologies can offer. This talk presents findings from a research project which aims to highlight these conflicting discourses and how families negotiate them in their day-to-day lives. I argue that new literate practices with ICTs are considered risky by parents who value traditional print literacy and the perceived needs of the market place, "rather than the everyday social and relational needs of communicators" (Thurlow & Bell, 2009).

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Who can attend: Anyone


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Associated staff: Mary Hamilton

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

Keywords: Education, Internet, Literacies


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