What Is Disciplinary Literacy?
“Students engage in literacy practices and learning outside of school, learning they consider powerful and important. Typical approaches to secondary school content learning often overlook the learning and literacy practices that youth engage in apart from their school-based content learning." – Moje, 2008, p. 98.
School-Based Literacy and Out-of-School Literacy
With the explosion of technology over the last decade, students are using a wide variety of literacy practices and tools to read, write, think, and communicate about their world. They do this on a daily basis outside of school through the use of social media, texting, making videos, and navigating the Internet. Young people also participate in many other literacy practices that involve reading, writing, performance, sport, and other kinds of multimodal tools and processes. It is critical for teachers to understand the out-of-school literacy practices students bring to school and to build on them in school-based learning, thus expanding and enhancing their use of multiple literacies.
A New Definition of What It Means To Be Literate in Today’s World
Traditional views of literacy learning and development are changing to address the more global view of understanding and communicating in today’s increasingly complex world. The use of technology and the Internet has had a significant impact on the way we read, write, communicate, and think. This technology provides a critical connection between home and school literacy and has changed the often-held view by students that reading and writing are things you only “do” in school.
Apply: Read the following quote and respond to the questions below.
“Literacy is no longer a static construct from the standpoint of its defining technology for the past 500 years; it has now come to mean a rapid and continuous process of change in the ways in which we read, write, view, listen, compose, and communicate information.” Coiro, Knobel, Lankshear, & Leu, 2014, p. 5.
Write a brief response (three to five sentences) to the following questions: How does this quote relate to student learning in your discipline? How has technology changed the way you teach and the way your students learn?