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Handbook of Adolescent Literacy Research

Edited by Leila Christenbury, Randy Bomer, Peter Smagorinsky

Guilford Press – 2008 – 452 pages

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The first comprehensive research handbook of its kind, this volume showcases innovative approaches to understanding adolescent literacy learning in a variety of settings. Distinguished contributors examine how well adolescents are served by current instructional practices and highlight ways to translate research findings more effectively into sound teaching and policymaking. The book emphasizes social and cultural factors in adolescents' approach to communication and response to instruction, and sections address literacy both in and out of schools, including literacy expectations in the contemporary workplace. Detailed attention is given to issues of diversity and individual differences among learners.

Winner--Literacy Research Association's Edward B. Fry Book Award



"The study of adolescent literacies is undergoing a considerable transition, and we need the kind of self-reflexive examination that this Handbook provides. The editors and contributors have boldly produced a provocative work that challenges received wisdom and current policy even as it catalogues important developments in the field. In a time of literacy 'crisis' discourse, when adolescents are tested and regulated more than ever before, the Handbook responds with richly contextualized images of youth acting purposefully and creatively with literacy, both in and out of school. The volume's images of diverse adolescents and their literacies, along with careful examinations of theory, policy, and pedagogy, position the Handbook as a significant resource for graduate education in literacy studies." - Kevin M. Leander, Vanderbilt University, USA

"My doctoral seminar on adolescent literacy benefited greatly from the remarkable range of this volume. The chapters are comprehensive and insightful, and they suggest promising directions for research in the years ahead. Because this volume is the first all-inclusive review of the research on adolescent literacy, it is a breakthrough work. It is sure to be the 'thinking center' of the adolescent literacy research community for some time to come." - Douglas K. Hartman, Michigan State University, USA

"At the very moment when policy makers are declaring a 'crisis' in adolescent literacy, this handbook offers a countervailing portrait of adolescents as deeply engaged in the literacies of their local and global worlds. This state-of-the-art collection turns adolescent literacy on its head, arguing that educators can learn a great deal from the new and hybrid literacies youth produce in their on/offline interactions. Schools have much catch-up work to do, and educators and policy makers will find themselves frequently returning to this volume as they begin to redesign policies, research, and curricula that take account of adolescents’ complex lives and literacies." - Marjorie Siegel, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA

"This handbook contributes significantly to the understudied - and misunderstood - domain of adolescent literacy. By attending to adolescents and their literacy practices within a variety of contexts, the editors and authors resist conventional assumptions about adolescents, literacy, and proficiency or struggle. I look forward to using this volume in my own research and in my work with graduate students and inservice and preservice teachers." - Elizabeth Birr Moje, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Education, University of Michigan, USA


Part 1: Overview Introduction. Sociocultural Constructions of Adolescence and Young People's Literacies. Who Are Adolescents Today?: Youth Voices and What They Tell Us. Part 2: Literacy in School. Contexts for Adolescent Literacy. Adolescents Who Struggle with Literacy. Proficient Reading in School: Traditional Paradigms and New Textual Landscapes. Fostering Adolescents' Engaged Academic Literacy. Divided Against Ourselves: Standards, Assessments, and Adolescent Literacy. Adolescent Second-Language Writing. Research on the Literacies of AAVE-Speaking Adolescents. Digital Literacies in the Classroom. The Secondary English Curriculum and Adolescent Literacy. Visual Arts and Literacy. Policy and Adolescent Literacy. Tracking and Ability Grouping. Part 3: Literacy Out of School. Preparing Adolescents for the Literacy Demands of the 21st-Century Workplace. The Literacy Demands of Entering the University. Literacy in Virtual Worlds. Reading and Writing Video: Media Literacy and Adolescents. Part 4: Literacy and Culture. Literacy and Identity: Implications for Research and Practice. Latina/o Youth Literacies: Hidden Funds of Knowledge. Beyond Hip-Hop: A Cultural Context View of Literacy. Boys and Literacy: Complexity and Multiplicity. Lessons on Literacy Learning and Teaching: Listening to Adolescent Girls. Literacy Issues and GLBTQ Youth: Queer Interventions in English Education. The Literacies of New Immigrant Youth. American Indian Adolescent Literacy.

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Edited by Leila Christenbury, EdD, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA; Randy Bomer, PhD, University of Texas at Austin, USA; and Peter Smagorinsky, PhD, University of Georgia, USA

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Description: Edited by Leila Christenbury, Randy Bomer, Peter Smagorinsky.   The first comprehensive research handbook of its kind, this volume showcases innovative approaches to understanding adolescent literacy learning in a variety of settings. Distinguished contributors examine how well adolescents are served...
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