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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Mapping literacy practices: theory, methodology, methods
Author(s): Mannion, Greg
Ivanic, Roz
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Keywords: new literacy studies
literacy practices
further education
higher education
visual methods
Education Research Methodology
Literacy Handbooks, manuals, etc
visual education
Literacy programs
Issue Date: Jan-2007
Date Deposited: 11-Mar-2009
Citation: Mannion G & Ivanic R (2007) Mapping literacy practices: theory, methodology, methods. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 20 (1), pp. 15-30.
Abstract: The Literacies for Learning in Further Education (LfLFE) research project has been funded for three years from January 2004 as part of Phase 3 of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme in the UK. The project involves collaboration between two universities and four further education (FE) colleges. The intention is to investigate students’ everyday literacy practices and explore ways of mobilizing these to enhance their learning on college courses. The LfLFE project does not view literacy as a set of individual skills and competences alone, but as emergent and situated in particular social contexts (Barton et al., 2000). As such, literacy practices are not static or bounded spatially or temporally. A central concern for the project is to understand how the literacy demands of college life and being a student relate to students’ other literacy practices. As part of the work of the project, the group is undertaking a ‘mapping’ of the literacy demands associated with student learning across a wide range of FE courses. This paper explores the methodological debates in planning and operationalizing this mapping.
DOI Link: 10.1080/09518390600924063
Rights: Published in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education by Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Volume 20, Issue 1 January 2007, pages 15 - 30. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education is available online at:
Notes: Additional co-author: the Literacies for Learning in Further Education (LfLFE) Research Group, Lancaster University

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