Adolescents and Literacies in a Digital World

by Donna E. Alvermann (Volume editor)
©2005 Textbook XIII, 235 Pages


By embracing a rapidly changing digital world, the so-called millennial adolescent is proving quite adept at breaking down age-old distinctions among disciplines, between high- and low-brow media culture, and within print and digitized text types. Adolescents and Literacies in a Digital World explores the significance of digital technologies and media in youth’s negotiated approaches to making meaning within a broad array of self-defined literacy practices. Organized around a series of case studies, this book blends theories of an attention economy, generational differences, communication technologies, and neoliberal enactive texts with actual accounts of adolescents’ use of instant messaging, shape-shifting portfolios, critical inquiry, and media production.


XIII, 235
ISBN (Softcover)
grown up young men education Literature Adults media production
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2002, 2004, 2005. XIII, 235 pp., 3 ill.

Biographical notes

Donna E. Alvermann (Volume editor)

The Editor: Donna E. Alvermann is Distinguished Research Professor of Reading Education at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on adolescents, their literacies, and media/cultural studies. She co-authored Popular Culture in the Classroom: Teaching and Researching Critical Media Literacy and has written extensively on adolescents’ multiple literacies both within and outside of school. She is currently an editor of Reading Research Quarterly, the flagship publication of the International Reading Association.


Title: Adolescents and Literacies in a Digital World