Literacy as Snake Oil (New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies)

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This edited collection examines the recent trend toward quick-fix literacy programs in which entrepreneurs peddle packaged literacies that purport to resolve the pressure to raise achievement scores. Current accountability and standardization movements that feed the market for packaged literacies make this a timely book for university researchers, classroom teachers, and school or district administrators. The discourse surrounding the teaching and learning of literacy has been appropriated by the conservative right in such a way as to block not only a critique of the so-called literacy crisis, but also attempts to construct more meaningful solutions. Literacy as Snake Oil critically examines the consequences of packaged literacy on educational practice.

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The Editor: Joanne Larson is Associate Professor and Chair of the Teaching and Curriculum Program at the University of Rochester’s Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development. She received her Ph.D. in curriculum from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on literacy as a social practice and examines how classroom language and literacy practices mediate access to participation in literacy events.

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«This book is a cogent reminder of what we’ve known for the past eighty years but somehow keep managing to forget: that despite all the cyclical rhetoric about the one true method-science, pseudo-science, and evidence-based policy-literacy education is big business, with overt and obvious vested economic and corporate interests.» (Allan Luke, Professor and Head, Graduate School of Education, University of Queensland)

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