Sunday, April 11, 2010

New book! Adolescents' Online Literacies


Enormous congrats to Donna Alvermann (editrix) and contributing authors for Adolescents' Online Literacies: Connecting Classrooms, & Popular Culture! From the back cover:
[This book] is a compilation of new work that makes concrete connections between what the research literature portrays and what teachers, school librarians, and media specialists know to be the case in their own situations. The authors (educators and researchers who span three continents) focus on ways to incorporate and use the digital literacies that young people bring to school.

Topics, age level foci, research contexts are richly varied and speak directly to the diversity of new literacies research:
Introduction
Donna E. Alvermann, University of Georgia, Athens, USA

Chapter 1 - Multimodal Pedagogies: Playing, Teaching and Learning with Adolescents’ Digital Literacies
Lalitha Vasudevan, Tiffany DeJaynes & Stephanie Schmier, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, USA

Chapter 2 - Webkinz, Blogs, and Avatars: Lessons Learned from Young Adolescents
Janie Cowan, Teacher Librarian, Settles Bridge School, Suwanee, Georgia, USA

Chapter 3 - View My Profile(s)
Guy Merchant, Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK

Chapter 4 - 4 Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide/When Social Networking Was Enuf: A Black Feminist Perspective on Literacy Online
David E. Kirkland, New York University, New York City, USA

Chapter 5 - Textual Play, Satire and Counter Discourses of Street Youth ‘Zining Practices
Theresa Rogers, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Chapter 6 - Digital Literacies and Hip Hop Texts: The Potential for Pedagogy
Jairus Joaquin, University of Georgia, Athens, USA

Chapter 7 - Digital Media Literacy: Connecting Young People’s Identities, Creative Production and Learning about Video Games
Michael Dezuanni, Film and Media Curriculum, School of Cultural and Language Studies in Education, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Chapter 8 - ‘Experts on the Field': Redefining Literacy Boundaries
Amanda Gutierrez, Australian Catholic University & Catherine Beavis, Griffith University, Australia

Chapter 9 - "I Think They’re Being Wired Differently": Secondary Teachers’ Cultural Models of Adolescents and Their Online Literacies
Kelly Chandler-Olcott, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA & Elizabeth Lewis, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA

Chapter 10 - Minding the Gaps: Teachers’ Cultures, Students’ Cultures
Andrew Burn, David Buckingham, Becky Parry, and Mandy Powell, Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media, Institute of Education, University of London, UK

Afterword
Kevin Leander, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Congrats again to Donna and her colleagues for producing such an engaging and timely book that is set to make a really significant contribution to bridging in-school and out-of-school literacy practices within classroom contexts!

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