Researching Academic Literacies

  • David BloomeEmail author
  • Gilcinei T. Carvalho
  • Sanghee Ryu


This chapter discusses how three theoretical perspectives of learning to use written language in academic domains each frame a logic of inquiry for conducting research. The first perspective, academic literacy, focuses on identification and acquisition of underlying, autonomous, cognitive processes and strategies associated with expert use of written language in and across academic domains. The second perspective, academic literacies as academic socialization, asks how social practices involving the use of written language vary across social contexts and how literacy practices within an academic community are acquired. The third perspective, academic literacies as chronotopic, dialectical social practices, views academic literacy practices as continuously being refracted and recontextualized to address new and evolving situations, influencing meaning-making. Juxtaposing the three perspectives creates a series of tensions that researchers need to address in crafting a logic-of-inquiry on the use of written language in academic learning.


Academic literacy Literacies Academic socialization Heteroglossia Power relations Personhood 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Bloome
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gilcinei T. Carvalho
    • 2
  • Sanghee Ryu
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human EcologyThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Universidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo Horizonte – MGBrazil
  3. 3.Research Center of Korean Language and Literature EducationKorea UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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