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Adolescents’ New Literacies with and through Mobile Phones

by Julie Warner (Author)
Textbook XXVI, 198 Pages

Summary

This book provides a deeper understanding of the phone-based composing practices of youth and their implications for literacy learning. In the United States, smartphone use among teens is nearly universal, yet many youth who are avid digital composers still struggle with formal schooled literacy. The widespread and rapid embrace of smartphones by youth from all income levels has had a substantial impact on the way that young people approach the act of composing, yet to date, little to no work has explored digital photography and text curation through popular apps like Twitter and Instagram and their impact on literacy, including formal schooled literacy. As more schools are moving to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) models and lifting classroom bans on cellphones, classroom teachers need information about the affordances of phones for formal literacy learning, which this book provides.
This book will also be of interest to those in courses in the fields of education, new literacies, cultural studies/youth culture, literacy studies, communication arts, and anthropology of education/social sciences. This book could be used in a course on online/Internet ethnography. It could also be used in a more general research methods course to illustrate the combination of online and offline data collection. Outside of research methods courses, it could be used in courses on literacies, digital literacies, youth culture, popular culture and media, or mobile learning.

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Julie Warner

Adolescents’ New Literacies
with and through Mobile Phones

About the author

Julie Warner holds a doctorate of education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is 2015 Presidential Management Fellow and works as an Education Research Analyst at the United States Department of Education. She is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher and former high school teacher. Julie is also a fellow of the National Writing Project.

About the book

This book provides a deeper understanding of the phone-based composing practices of youth and their implications for literacy learning. In the United States, smartphone use among teens is nearly universal, yet many youth who are avid digital composers still struggle with formal schooled literacy. The widespread and rapid embrace of smartphones by youth from all income levels has had a substantial impact on the way that young people approach the act of composing, yet to date, little to no work has explored digital photography and text curation through popular apps like Twitter and Instagram and their impact on literacy, including formal schooled literacy. As more schools are moving to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) models and lifting classroom bans on cellphones, classroom teachers need information about the affordances of phones for formal literacy learning, which this book provides.

This book will also be of interest to those in courses in the fields of education, new literacies, cultural studies/youth culture, literacy studies, communication arts, and anthropology of education/social sciences. This book could be used in a course on online/Internet ethnography. It could also be used in a more general research methods course to illustrate the combination of online and offline data collection. Outside of research methods courses, it could be used in courses on literacies, digital literacies, youth culture, popular culture and media, or mobile learning.

“Julie Warner’s Adolescents’ New Literacies with and through Mobile Phones is timely and important. It is timely because many young people’s most pervasive literacy practices today seem trivial to many adults. It is important because these new practices can, in fact, lead to twenty-first-century skills and seriously compete, in depth and impact, with school-based literacy practices…Warner’s book is crucial today.”

—From the Foreword by James Paul Gee, Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies, Regents’ Professor, Arizona State University

Advance praise for

Adolescents’ New Literacies with and through Mobile Phones

“Easily the most anticipated book of 2017 when it comes to understanding young people’s steadfast commitment to learning on, through, and with their mobile phones. Julie Warner knows firsthand of which she writes.”

—Donna E. Alvermann, Distinguished Research Professor, The University of Georgia

“Adolescents today are writing more than ever and in spaces that we never before knew existed. These new digital and portable writing spaces are as dialogic as they are distinct. So it seems today’s youth hold the world quite literally in their hands. They palm the future of literacy, newer literacies, in ways that translate cultural practices of old into meaningful social practices anew. In this most important contribution to the new literacy studies, Julie Warner takes us into the life of youth through mobile phones, hashtags, and ‘digital curation’ practices that illuminate an exciting and critical digital world of words to which we should become more attuned.”

—David E. Kirkland, Director, New York University Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, and Professor of English Education

“Smartphone use is likely the most pervasive form of embodied digital capital for youth. They are constantly integrating and adding new elements to their repertoires from each other, the environment, and in the quietude of their beds at night. Their coded speech or digital discourse, though, is under constant scrutiny and threat for extinction when schools put digital discourse on silent or mute. Julie Warner understands this, and provides pedagogical strategies and roadmaps for teachers to mediate this threat by unsilencing, unmuting and unlocking this digital capital in the classroom. For every teacher who has perceived smartphones as disruption, this book is your answer for powerful and innovative ways to unleash coded speech as a motivator for learning. In fact, by the time you finish reading this book, selfies will take on an entirely different meaning in your life and in classrooms. Snap and type away!”

—sj Miller, Deputy Director of Educational Equity Supports and Services, Metropolitan Center for Research and Equity and the Transformation of Schools, New York University

“There is so much more to mobile phones than calling friends and family. Mobile phones are portals to diverse, engaging, and creative practices. Julie Warner invites us into this rich world of phoned-centered literacy practices with respect and wonder for the young people who enact them. Sometimes playful, sometimes affect-laden, sometimes intellectual, the literacy practices that young people apply in their use and enjoyment of cell phones prominently display their everyday multimodal and discursive competencies. Taking a landscape view of mobile phone knowledge work, Adolescents’ New Literacies with and through Mobile Phones examines mobile phones across spaces; social mediation of phone content and images; chronotopic explorations; and digital curation as telling examples of younger generations’ often invisible repertoires of practice and ways of knowing.”

—Jennifer Rowsell, Canada Research Chair, Brock University

This eBook can be cited

This edition of the eBook can be cited. To enable this we have marked the start and end of a page. In cases where a word straddles a page break, the marker is placed inside the word at exactly the same position as in the physical book. This means that occasionally a word might be bifurcated by this marker.

Details

Pages
XXVI, 198
ISBN (PDF)
9781433144134
ISBN (ePUB)
9781433144141
ISBN (MOBI)
9781433144158
ISBN (Softcover)
9781433144080
ISBN (Hardcover)
9781433144073
Language
English
Publication date
2017 (October)
Published
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2017. XX, 198 pp.

Biographical notes

Julie Warner (Author)

Julie Warner holds a doctorate of education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is 2015 Presidential Management Fellow and works as an Education Research Analyst at the United States Department of Education. She is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher and former high school teacher. Julie is also a fellow of the National Writing Project.

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