Technology Use and Needed Research in Youth Literacies

Authored by: Donna E. Alvermann

International Handbook of Literacy and Technology

Print publication date:  April  2006
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9780805850871
eBook ISBN: 9780203929131
Adobe ISBN: 9781135609580


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The potential of the Internet and other forms of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to redefine the field of youth literacies has garnered considerable attention of late, especially among professional organizations committed to supporting youth’s interests in ICT-related literacies. For example, the International Reading Association (2002) and the National Reading Conference (Alvermann, 2002) commissioned separate position papers that called for integrating new literacies and technology in middle and high school curricula. The College Reading Association dedicated a themed issue of Reading Research and Instruction to exploring new literacies (Bean & Readence, 2002), and the International Reading Association’s Reading Research Quarterly featured five essays on media and online studies (Hagood, Leander, Luke, Mackey, & Nixon, 2003) as part of its New Directions in Research initiative. Not to be left out, organizations within the private sector also made their intentions known. For instance, the Alliance for Excellent Education (Kamil, 2003) and the Carnegie Corporation of New York (2004) issued policy briefs that underscored, among other things, the importance of integrating literacy and technology in secondary classrooms.

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