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Inscribed Sociality: Literacy, Learning, and Community in Montreal


Inscribed Sociality: Literacy, Learning, and Community in Montreal

Grey, Charles (2014) Inscribed Sociality: Literacy, Learning, and Community in Montreal. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis will deal with the social nature of both learning and literacy. It asks the question:
is the feeling of community a necessary part of the process of teaching adult learners how to read
and write. Drawing from New Literacy Studies ( Auerbach 1989, Street 1997, Barton 2001) language
socialization theory (Schieffelin& Ochs 1986), and Lave & Wenger’s (1991) communities of practice
to argue for a situated view on literacy. The empirical data from this paper comes from participant
observation conducted at a community based literacy organization in Montreal. . Drawing from the
experiences of a handful of tutors and learners this thesis underlines the social nature of the
learning process and argues that for adult learners community is central to becoming literate.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Grey, Charles
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Social and Cultural Anthropology
Date:December 2014
ID Code:979922
Deposited By: CHARLES GREY
Deposited On:09 Jul 2015 16:31
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:50
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