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Adolescents’ New Literacies with and through Mobile Phones


Julie Warner

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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Advance Praise for Adolescents’ New Literacies with and through Mobile Phones


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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...

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