Literacy and Social Responsibility - Multiple Perspectives - Frances Christie

Literacy and Social Responsibility - Multiple Perspectives - Frances Christie

Literacy and social responsibility

Literacy and Social Responsibility - Multiple Perspectives - Frances Christie

Frances Christie [+-]
University of Sydney
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Frances Christie is Honorary Professor of Education at the University of Sydney and Emeritus Professor of Language and Literacy at the University of Melbourne. She has worked for many years in language and literacy education, and has had a considerable research and publishing record in the area. Recent books have included (2002), Classroom Discourse Analysis: A Functional Perspective, Continuum: London and NY; (2005) Language Education in the Primary Years, University of NSW Press: Sydney; (with J.R. Martin, eds.) (2007), Language, Knowledge and Pedagogy: Functional Linguistic and Sociological Perspectives, Continuum: London and NY; (2008) (with B. Derewianka), School Discourse: Learning to Write across the Years of Schooling, Continuum: London and NY.
Alyson Simpson [+-]
University of Sydney
Alyson Simpson is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. She teaches in undergraduate and postgraduate pre-service teacher programs and supervises research candidates studying in the area of literacy / English education. Her research projects have examined designs for elearning and concepts of visual literacy in higher education and primary schools. She is the co-author of Children’s Literature and Computer Based Teaching, Oxford University Press: London (2005) and author of Reading Under the Covers: Helping Children to Choose Books, Primary English Teaching Association: Newtown (2008).


Few educational issues stir public debate and discussion more often and more volubly than literacy. Community interest in it seems high, given the range of newspaper articles that regularly report aspects of literacy: student literacy performance in school, literacy levels in the workforce, programmes to promote improved literacy teaching, and/or periodic laments about literacy standards. Moreover, governments throughout the English-speaking world devote significant financial resources to literacy education, while teacher education programmes, typically of some years’ duration, attach importance to the preparation of teachers to teach literacy. And, so the evidence suggests, with some frequency, governments call either for new inquiries into the teaching of literacy or for new policy and curriculum statements to do with the teaching of English, in which literacy has always an important role.

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Christie, Frances; Simpson, Alyson. Literacy and social responsibility. Literacy and Social Responsibility - Multiple Perspectives. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1 - 8 Nov 2010. ISBN 9781845536435. Date accessed: 27 Oct 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19386. Nov 2010

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