The New Literacies: Multiple Perspectives on Research and Practice (Paperback)

The New Literacies: Multiple Perspectives on Research and Practice By Elizabeth A. Baker, EdD (Editor), Donald J. Leu (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Elizabeth A. Baker, EdD (Editor), Donald J. Leu (Foreword by)
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With contributions from leading scholars, this compelling volume offers fresh insights into literacy teaching and learning—and the changing nature of literacy itself—in today's K–12 classrooms. The focus is on varied technologies and literacies such as social networking sites, text messaging, and online communities. Cutting-edge approaches to integrating technology into traditional, print-centered reading and writing instruction are described. Also discussed are ways to teach the new skills and strategies that students need to engage effectively with digital texts. The book is unique in examining new literacies through multiple theoretical lenses, including behavioral, semiotic, cognitive, sociocultural, critical, and feminist perspectives.

About the Author

Elizabeth A. Baker, EdD, is Associate Professor of Literacy Studies in the Department of Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum at the University of Missouri, where she teaches graduate seminars on new literacies, theoretical foundations of literacy, and qualitative research methods. Her research interests include the nature of literacy in digital environments, multimedia case-based instruction in teacher education, classroom websites used to support literacy development, and theoretical groundings of new literacies. Dr. Baker has published research reports in a wide range of journals. She is the creator and host of the Voice of Literacy podcast, produced in collaboration with Reading Research Quarterly and the Journal of Literacy Research, and is codeveloper and principal investigator of “ChALK, Children as Literacy Kases."


Praise For…

"This important book points the way forward for literacy researchers and classroom teachers grappling with how to understand and support literacy development in today’s digital society. From decoding to scrapbooking, from using search engines to playing video games, and from daily literacies to workplace literacies, each chapter pairs clear explanations of a particular literacy theory with concrete examples of how technology can empower students and enrich instruction. A 'must read' for literacy professionals seeking to transform learning in their schools."--Julie Coiro, PhD, School of Education, University of Rhode Island  "The New Literacies provides a broad, generously framed set of perspectives for those entering into a serious engagement with 'literacy.' Anyone who needs to have a real sense of the central questions, what the different positions are, and what their consequences are can take this book as the perfect navigational device. In these pages you will find a welcoming, open approach. Written with great clarity, the book yields powerful insights for novice and seasoned researchers alike."--Gunther Kress, DLit, Faculty of Culture and Pedagogy, Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom "This volume is precisely what the literacy field needs. The cutting-edge contributions from leading researchers are innovative and forward thinking, and point the way toward new directions in instruction. By assembling diverse perspectives in one volume, Baker addresses the complexity of teaching literacy in multimodal digital environments that evolve and change rapidly. A commendable work."--Laurie A. Henry, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Kentucky

Product Details
ISBN: 9781606236048
ISBN-10: 1606236040
Publisher: The Guilford Press
Publication Date: April 14th, 2010
Pages: 322
Language: English