Mapping literacy practices: theory, methodology, methods



Mannion G & Ivanic R (2007) Mapping literacy practices: theory, methodology, methods. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 20 (1), pp. 15-30.

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.

new literacy studies; literacy practices; literacy; literacies; further education; higher education; methodology; methods; visual methods; space; Education Research Methodology; Literacy Handbooks, manuals, etc; visual education; Literacy programs

Additional co-author: the Literacies for Learning in Further Education (LfLFE) Research Group, Lancaster University

International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education: Volume 20, Issue 1

Publication date31/01/2007
PublisherTaylor & Francis

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Professor Gregory Mannion

Professor Gregory Mannion

Professor, Education