Everyday Youth Literacies

Critical Perspectives for New Times

  • Kathy Sanford
  • Theresa Rogers
  • Maureen Kendrick

Part of the Cultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education book series (CSTE, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Kathy Sanford, Theresa Rogers, Maureen Kendrick
    Pages 1-13
  3. Theresa Rogers, Sara Schroeter, Amanda Wager, Chelsey Hague
    Pages 47-61
  4. Maureen Kendrick, Margaret Early, Walter Chemjor
    Pages 95-109
  5. Cheryl McLean, Jennifer Rowsell, Diane Lapp
    Pages 159-173
  6. Victoria Carrington
    Pages 191-193
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 195-199

About this book


Testifying to the maturity of the youth literacy education field, this collection of papers displays the increasing sophistication of research on the subject, and at the same time offers pointers to its potential for development in the next decade. The contributors track the rapid proliferation of youth literacies in today’s digital age, from video games to social media and film production. Drawing on detailed research and an intimate knowledge of youth communities in nations as diverse as Canada and Uganda, they provide notable examples of digital literacies in situ, and challenge conventional wisdom about literacy education.

The chapters do more, however, than merely offer reportage of a crisis in literacy education. The authors embrace the core challenge faced by educators everywhere: how to incorporate and utilize new modes of literacy in education, and how to realize the potential benefits of heterogeneous modern media in youth literacy education, especially in marginalized, remote, and disadvantaged communities. This volume expands our view of digital communications technologies and digital literacies to include complex understandings of how media such as translated videos can serve as learning tools for youths whose access to literacy education is limited. In particular, a number of contributing scholars provide important new information about the praxis of teachers and the literacies adopted by young people in Africa, a continent largely neglected by literacy researchers. This book’s global perspective, and its ground-level viewpoint of youth literacy practices in a variety of locations, problematizes normative assumptions about researching literacy as well as about literacy itself.


formal and informal learning globalization new literacy literacy and youth literacy in new times new literacies new literacy engagement school literacy practices

Editors and affiliations

  • Kathy Sanford
    • 1
  • Theresa Rogers
    • 2
  • Maureen Kendrick
    • 3
  1. 1.University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Department of of Language and Literacy EducationUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Department of Language and Literacy EducationUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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