LSL/OER Talk: Difference not deficit: Informing curricula with diverse literacy practices

LSL/OER Talk: Difference not deficit: Informing curricula with diverse literacy practices

Date & Time

03 March 2016, 14:30 - 03 March 2016, 15:30

Venue

NIE5-B3-38

Department

Learning Sciences Lab (LSL)
Office of Education Research (OER)

Category

Talks

Events Details

robert de roock
Abstract 

Student underperformance is increasingly understood as an inability of schools to accommodate learners outside narrow cultural and linguistic expectations. Beginning from the premise of “difference not deficit”, this talk overviews sociocultural approaches to understanding student language and literacy practices with a particular focus on digital media. One ethnographic case study of a diverse classroom in the Southwest United States will be explored to highlight ways educators and designers can draw from the spectrum of student digital literacy practices, including non-formal and surreptitious ones, to improve language instruction. The talk will conclude overviewing a planned research program using a metacognitive approach to academic language learning based on student investigations of their own digital literacy production and sociolinguistic realities.

Biography

Dr. de Roock’s work brings together literacy studies, learning sciences, and linguistic anthropology to study the meaning-making practices of diverse students. He earned his PhD from University of Arizona in Language, Reading, and Culture and has multiple publications in peer reviewed journals, principally on using video ethnography to expand the scope of literacy research.