Literacy as Conversation: Learning Networks in Philadelphia and Arkansas [Hardback]

David A. Joliffe (Author); David A. Goldblatt (Author)

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ISBN: 9780822946243 | Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press | Series: Composition, Literacy, and Culture | Year of Publication: 2021 | Language: English 208p, H229 x W152 (mm)




Literacy as Conversation

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In Literacy as Conversation, the authors tell stories of successful literacy learning outside of schools and inside communities, both within urban neighborhoods of Philadelphia and rural and semi-rural towns of Arkansas. They define literacy not as a basic skill but as a rich, broadly interactive human behavior: the ability to engage in a conversation carried on, framed by, or enriched through written symbols. Eli Goldblatt takes us to after-school literacy programs, community arts centers, and urban farms in the city of Philadelphia, while David Jolliffe explores learning in a Latinx youth theater troupe, a performance based on the words of men on death row, and long-term cooperation with a rural health care provider in Arkansas. As different as urban and rural settings can be - and as beset as they both are with the challenges of historical racism and economic discrimination - the authors see much to encourage both geographical communities to fight for positive change.

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