Literacy, adolescence and schooling; or a challenge in the middle years

Bill Green, Beverley Pennell, Noella Mackenzie

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One of the most intriguing developments in the recent burgeoning of the literacy studies field is the emergence of a distinctively new category ' 'adolescent literacies'. This is intriguing, and potentially exciting, because to date, in Australia at least, the policy practice has been to think in terms of two general categories: 'child literacy' on the one hand, and 'adult literacy' on the other. These categories have effectively corresponded with, respectively, the formal literacy work of schooling, from the early years through to the post-compulsory stage, and the realm of adult, community and workplace education. Now we seem to have a third, intermediary category, referring specifically to the notion of adolescence, and presumably aimed at that section of the school population which is in-between childhood and adulthood.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMiddle years schooling
Subtitle of host publicationreframing adolescence / edited by Sally Knipe
EditorsSally Knipe
Place of PublicationFrenchs Forest, Australia
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780733986925
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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