NEW LITERACIES: A Dual-Level Theory of the Changing Nature of Literacy, Instruction, and Assessment

Donald J. Leu, Charles K. Kinzer, Julie Coiro, Jill Castek, Laurie A. Henry

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Abstract

This chapter suggests that a dual-level theory of new literacies is a useful approach to theory building in a world where the nature of literacy continuously changes. It begins by making a central point: Social contexts have always shaped both the function and form of literate practices and been shaped by them in return. The chapter discusses the social context of the current period and explain how this has produced new information and communication technologies, and the new literacies that the technologies demand. It explores several lowercase new literacies perspectives that are emerging. The chapter argues that a dual-level New Literacies theory is essential to take full advantage of this important and diverse work. It presents one lowercase theory of new literacies, the new literacies of online research and comprehension, to illustrate how a dual-level theory of new literacies can inform new literacies research that takes related but different theoretical perspectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTheoretical Models and Processes of Literacy, Seventh Edition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages319-346
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781351616539
ISBN (Print)9781315110592
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities

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