Vygotsky and Literacy Research

Vygotsky and Literacy Research

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In this book Peter Smagorinsky reconsiders his many publications employing Vygotskya€™s theory of culturally-mediated human development and applies them, through a unified and coherent series of chapters, to literacy research. This exploration takes previously-published work and incorporates it into a new and sustained argument regarding the application of Vygotskya€™s ideas to current questions regarding the nature of literacy and how to investigate it as a cultural phenomenon that contributes to human growth in social context. To conduct this inquiry, Smagorinsky first provides an overview that contextualizes Vygotsky both in his own time and in efforts to extrapolate from his Soviet origins to the 21st Century world. This consideration includes attention to the current context for literacy studies. He then reviews current conceptions of literacy in the realms of reading, writing, and additional tool use, grounding each in a Vygotskian perspective. The booka€™s final chapters take a critical look at both research method and the writing of research reports, taking into account both research and research reports as social constructions based in disciplinary practices. On the whole, this volume makes an important contribution to Vygotskian studies and literacy research through the authora€™s careful alignment between theory and practice.Rubrics requiring five paragraphsa€”introduction, three body paragraphs, and conclusiona€” were required regardless of genre, so that even narratives had to follow this structure, an idea that violates the conventions of narrative form outside the ... thata#39;s what they [the assessors] look for is the five-paragraph essay format.

Title:Vygotsky and Literacy Research
Author: Peter Smagorinsky
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-01-01

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