The Macksey Journal

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Putting It into Practice: Moving Forward with Integrating the New Literacy Studies into Literacy Education Once and For All


Over the past few decades, the definition of literacy and what it has meant to be considered “literate” has undergone substantial transformation that has distinguished it from solely being able to read or write. Specifically, this new approach to literacy education and practice called the “New Literacy Studies,” (NLS) interrogates the standards that qualifies one as being satisfactory literate against the sociocultural influences that can impact an individual’s literate abilities. This is an interdisciplinary approach to literacy studies that collectively calls upon the research of sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists in addition to literacy scholars and educators, but has yet to be formally introduced to literacy education.