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Smagorinsky, Peter
Vygotsky and literacy research : a methodological framework / Peter Smagorinsky
Rotterdam : Sense, c2011
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 4th Floor  LC149 .S55 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Literacy -- Social aspects
Literacy -- Research
Subject Vygotskiń≠, L. S. (Lev Semenovich), 1896-1934
Subject(s) Social psychology
Physical Description xl, 304 p. : illustrations ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-286) and index
Contents Part 1: Theoretical and Topical Framework. 1. The Challenges of Claiming a Vygotskian Perspective -- 2. Key Terms and Constructs in Adopting a Vygotskian Perspective -- 3. The Social Construction of Data -- 4. The Culture of School and How it Shapes Literacy Learning -- Part 2: The Framework for Literacy Research. 5. The Background for Current Literacy Studies -- 6. Reading as Culturally Mediated, Mediating, and Meaningful Action -- 7. Writing as Tool and Sign -- 8. Nonverbal Tool and Sign Systems in a Cultural Theory of Literacy -- Part 3: Methodology and Method Sections. 9. Thinking and Speech and Verbal Data -- 10. The Method Section in Social Science Research Reports
Scope and Content In this book Peter Smagorinsky reconsiders his many publications employing Vygotsky's theory of culturally-mediated human development and applies them, through a unified and coherent series of chapters, to literacy research. This exploration takes previously-published work and incorporates it into a new and sustained argument regarding the application of Vygotsky's ideas to current questions regarding the nature of literacy and how to investigate it as a cultural phenomenon that contributes to human growth in social context. To conduct this inquiry, Smagorinsky first provides an overview that contextualizes Vygotsky both in his own time and in efforts to extrapolate from his Soviet origins to the 21st Century world. This consideration includes attention to the current context for literacy studies. He then reviews current conceptions of literacy in the realms of reading, writing, and additional tool use, grounding each in a Vygotskian perspective. The book's final chapters take a critical look at both research method and the writing of research reports, taking into account both research and research reports as social constructions based in disciplinary practices. On the whole, this volume makes an important contribution to Vygotskian studies and literacy research through the author's careful alignment between theory and practice
Series Practice of research method ; v. 2
Alternate Author Mardigian Endowment, 2013

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