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Disrupting literacy practices in a learning community: Empowerment through voicing

Cumming-Potvin, W. (2004) Disrupting literacy practices in a learning community: Empowerment through voicing. McGill Journal of Education, 39 (2). pp. 199-219.

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Abstract

This paper adopts a sociocultural perspective on learning (Vygotsky, 1978, 1986) to explore connections between the concept of voicing (Bakhtin 1981, 1986) and a Year four student's second language learning in Australia. Results are drawn from a qualitative study conducted in the Australian outback, through ethnographic research strategies, which involved implementing a Language and Culture Awareness Program in a Year 4 classroom. Analysis of selected data related to the learning and development of Jerry, a Year four student, is framed within a discourse of values and practice (Bourdieu, 1990, 1993; Cummins, 1996). The discussion relates Jerry's opportunities to explore French through purposeful tasks to the disruption of ritualized practices in a predominantly Anglo-Catholic community.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: McGill University
Copyright: McGill University
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/6063
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