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Adolescents and Literacies in a Digital World


reviewed by Florence R. Sullivan — 2004

coverTitle: Adolescents and Literacies in a Digital World
Author(s): Donna E. Alvermann (Editor)
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 0820455733 , Pages: 235, Year: 2002
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The varied theoretical and epistemological approaches to discussing adolescents and literacies taken by the authors presented in this edited volume reflect the depth of the complexity of the central questions at issue in the text – what are new literacies? How are these literacies shaped by both new capitalism and new digital technologies?  And how are adolescents and teachers alike responding to these new literacies?    While the canonical definition of literacy (print and oral – reading, writing and speaking) is easily understood, the definition of new literacies is elusive and potentially in continual flux, tied as it is to the rapid development and diffusion of new digital technologies.  The authors in this book broadly sketch the landscape of the new literacy in terms of youth culture, the attention economy and the development of identity (Lewis & Finders; Knobel & Lankshear) digital technologies and critical literacy (Luke, C.; Beach & Bruce), generational literacy practices (King & O’Brien; Hagood, Stevens & Reingking; Young, Dillon & Moje;) the demands of new... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 409-411
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11203, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 6:55:42 AM

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  • Florence Sullivan
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    FLORENCE R. SULLIVAN is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cognitive Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University.
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