Personal and social capabilities in early adolescents’ literacy practices at home

Barton, Georgina and Ronksley-Pavia, Michelle (2020) Personal and social capabilities in early adolescents’ literacy practices at home. Literacy Learning: the Middle Years, 28 (1). pp. 41-50. ISSN 1320-5692


Abstract

Much literacy research has explored how young people’s literacy practices at home and in their communities may be more diverse and engaging than those experienced at school. What is less known is how the skills learnt through these diverse literacy practices may contribute to building early adolescents’ personal and social capabilities. This paper gives evidence for the development of personal and social capabilities in adolescents’ life literacies, such as coding games, playing video games, making movies, and learning through YouTube. Students participated in activities related to technical, functional, interpretive, creative, and interactive skills. We found that these practices revealed three themes of identity formation: social roles, friendship networks, and peer solidarity. The paper then discusses how these relate to personal and social capabilities, and considers implications for teaching practice in schools. Given the complexity of today’s world, as well as the Australian Curriculum’s general capabilities that include personal and social proficiencies, we believe it is timely that this case study is reported.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA). Files associated with this item cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 July 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 July 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2020 02:16
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2020 00:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social evolution; Communities in literature; Students--Vocational guidance; Friendship in youth; Education--Curricula
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37963

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