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Everyday Literacies

Students, Discourse, and Social Practice


Michele Knobel

This book is - in part - an introduction to research procedures that enable researchers and educators to identify and examine complex language and social practices enacted in young people's everyday lives. In the process, the actual lived experiences of four young adolescents in their final year of primary school are narrated, generating substantive content that speaks directly to the issues that lie behind this book: namely, what is the relationship between school learning and students' everyday lives, and what might an effective relationship between them look like? These questions are asked against a backdrop of national government pushes for literacy standards-setting and benchmarking in Australia and elsewhere.