This edited text emphasizes an important contemporary theme. Increasingly, literacy is being associated with aspects of advantage and disadvantage, social inclusion and social exclusion. All the authors explore interesting and pertinent areas and this book makes a valuable contribution to the field.
Professor Barbara Fawcett, University of Sydney
The editors indicate in the opening chapter of this volume that there is less formal dialogue between social workers and literacy educators than is commonly thought. This is certainly the case, and the current volume takes an important step towards a productive synthesis of the best thinking in each field in the Australian context. The volume provides a theoretically and methodologically strong foundation upon which this dialogue can continue to build, both nationally and internationally. Its ten chapters draw on the authoritative research and field experience of significant thinkers in literacy education and welfare, each one of whom in turn draws on other well-respected data to support a compelling case for the closer articulation of the two fields.
Associate Professor Kristina Love, University of Melbourne
This volume has many merits — the main one being that it is a collection of scholarly papers, with appropriate citations, regarding the academic literature. A second merit lies in the main thesis of the authors which concerns a call for more collaboration between educators and social workers for a richer pedagogy to foster literacy. …This volume is an excellent contribution to literacy scholarship and is certainly worth reading.
Philippa Mungra, English as an International Language Journal, Vol 6, Issue 2, November 2011