Dr. Mary Hamilton
Professor of Adult Learning and Literacy, Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University
Local Literacies in a Global Context: Reflections on Literacy and Learning in a Changing World
Tuesday June 7, 2011
Community Room (Room 1139, Faculty of Education)
Abstract: In this talk I will address literacy and learning as part of situated social practice. I will look back at how theory and research methods used in literacy studies have developed over the last 20 years and the particular contributions of this approach. I will ask how the meanings of literacy and learning are changing in the context of global activities and population movements, new institutional arrangements and values, and the growing significance of digital literacies in everyday life. I will argue that keeping the diversity of local literacies in view acts as an important counterweight to the functional skills based perspective of much contemporary policy.
Note: Mary has a rich background of work on this topic and has co-author several books in this area that you may have read. For example,
Barton, D. & Hamilton, M. (1998). Local literacies. London: Routledge. that launched further thinking about literacy in this way, and led to further work in this area:
Barton, D., Hamilton, M. & Ivanic, R. (2000). Situated Literacies: Reading and Writing in Context. New York: Routledge
D. Barton & M. Hamilton, (2005) “Literacy, reification and the dynamics of social interaction”. in D. Barton and K. Tusting (eds.) Beyond Communities Of Practice: Language, Power And Social Context. Cambridge University Press.
For further reading about her work, please visit http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/edres/profiles/216/2/
All welcome; refreshments will be served.
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