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Handbook of Adolescent Literacy Research


reviewed by Achariya T. Rezak — April 07, 2009

coverTitle: Handbook of Adolescent Literacy Research
Author(s): Leila Christenbury, Randy Bomer, and Peter Smagorinsky
Publisher: Guilford Press, New York
ISBN: 1593858299, Pages: 452, Year: 2008
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Literacy, according the editors of Handbook of Adolescent Literacy Research, is a complicated puzzle much like a drunkard's search for keys. The drunkard looks for keys under a light instead of where the keys were dropped, because the drunkard is able to see beneath the light. This simile alludes to the fact that governmental policy might be a certain kind of light that illuminates a certain kind of literacy, but not all literacy might be described by research in this setting. The purpose of this handbook is to elaborate upon, describe and trouble the complicated layers of interaction among the government, the researcher, the teacher and the student, and focus upon issues of literacy as problematic and contextual in nature. Literacy Studies has been in need of a handbook on current topics in the field, and this one rewards with a thoughtful and troubling survey of pertinent issues. The book is... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 07, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15610, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 11:53:55 AM

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  • Achariya Rezak
    University of Georgia
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    ACHARIYA T. REZAK is a doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia, specializing in the field of Reading Education. Her dissertation research focuses upon the exchange of learning (and specifically cultural learning) in online anime-based roleplaying games. She is second author on an article pending publication in the Teachers College Record, Reflective practice in an online literacy course: Lessons learned from attempts to fuse reading and science instruction.
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