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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32147

Title: Research for and Within Literacy Instruction in Secondary Schools: An Essay Review
Authors: Cumming, Alister
Keywords: Adolescent literacy
research methods
research impact
culturally diverse students
secondary schools
Issue Date: Sep-2008
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Cumming, A. (2008). Research for and within literacy instruction in secondary schools: An essay review. Curriculum Inquiry, 38, 4, 401-416. doi:10.1111/j.1467-873X.2008.00416.x
Abstract: I review five books that have recently synthesized and/or presented new research to inform instruction for adolescents developing literacy in secondary schools. The authors base their analyses on research into educational practices within school and community settings, rather than (as had been the case in decades past) deriving implications from scientific theories or academic disciplines. Each book demonstrates how literacy education entails inherent competitions between innovations and traditions, local and global concerns, as well as moral values and empirical issues. Collectively, the books suggest that: (a) effective literacy instruction is balanced, concerted, and comprehensive; (b) educators need to be cognizant as well as wary of policies for and functions of assessment; and (c) classroom interactions should be organized to respect, nurture, and promote students’ cultural diversity and personal identities.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32147
ISSN: 0362-6784 (Print)
1467-873X (Online)
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