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Mutnick, Deborah – Community Literacy Journal, 2016
Organizations like the John Reed Clubs and the WPA Federal Writers' Project, as well as publications like "The New Masses" can be seen as "literacy sponsors" of the U.S. literary left in the 1930s, particularly the young, the working class, and African American writers. The vibrant, inclusionary, activist, literary culture of…
Descriptors: Educational History, Writing Instruction, Community Programs, Labor Education
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Marshall Bowen, Lauren; Arko, Kirsti; Beatty, Joel; Delaney, Cindy; Dorpenyo, Isidore; Moeller, Laura; Roberts, Elsa; Velat, John – Community Literacy Journal, 2014
A case study of a graduate-level community literacy seminar that involved a tutoring project with adult digital literacy learners, this essay illustrates the value of community outreach and service-learning for graduate students in writing studies. Presenting multiple perspectives through critical reflection, student authors describe how their…
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Graduate Study, Graduate Students, Adult Students
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Plemons, Anna – Community Literacy Journal, 2013
Considering the situated complexities and competing interest of exploitation and hope inherent in community literacy work, this article examines the ways that the Community Arts Program (CAP) at California State Prison-Sacramento complicates and also reifies archetypal grand literacy narratives and considers the place of such narratives within a…
Descriptors: Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Art Activities, Community Programs
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Roderick, Ryan – Community Literacy Journal, 2013
This study investigates how literacy was constructed at an adult literacy organization's volunteer tutor-training program. By drawing on qualitative analysis of training texts used during training, such as training evaluations, and data gathered from interviews with experienced tutors, it is possible to identify the assumptions about literacy…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Program Evaluation, Interviews, Instructional Materials
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Perry, Kristen H. – Community Literacy Journal, 2013
This case study investigates Carolyn, an effective volunteer ESL and literacy instructor of adult African refugees, in order to understand both what it means to be a qualified instructor, and also how community-based volunteer instructors may become more qualified. The study's findings suggest that Carolyn's qualifications are a combination of…
Descriptors: Volunteers, English (Second Language), Literacy Education, Adult Education
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White-Farnham, Jamie – Community Literacy Journal, 2012
Drawing on interview data regarding literacy practices done in tandem with housework, this article presents an array of recipe uses among retirement-age women. Given their backgrounds as professionals who come of age during second-wave feminism, the women see little value in "domestic" practices such as cooking literacies (Barton & Hamilton).…
Descriptors: Family Environment, Literacy, Cooking Instruction, Rhetoric
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Hirsch, Jerrold – Community Literacy Journal, 2012
An overview of the history of the Federal Writers' Project, hitting on critical reference points for our vision of what the project might look like today: the 1930s' FWP's cross-disciplinary integration of literature and history; the rejection of strict divisions between high and low culture; and the bottom-up approach to history that had begun…
Descriptors: Literature, History, Interdisciplinary Approach, Writing (Composition)
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Kim, Ji Eun; Deschambault, Ryan – Community Literacy Journal, 2012
The purpose of this study was to explore one South Korean mother's literacy practices after she had migrated to Canada for the purpose of overseeing her children's education. Using a case study method, we focused on language, media, domains, and purposes of literacy practices in Korea and Canada. Data were obtained through two semi-structured…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Migrants, Korean, Korean Culture
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Welch, Nancy – Community Literacy Journal, 2012
Little known about the now celebrated 1912 Bread and Roses strike is that prominent Progressive-era reformers condemned the strikers as "uncivil" and "violent." An examination of Bread and Roses' controversies reveals how a ruling class enlists middle-class sentiments to oppose social-justice arguments and defend a civil…
Descriptors: Democracy, Activism, Political Attitudes, Citizen Participation
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Mackert, Michael; Poag, Meg – Community Literacy Journal, 2011
Objective: This project examined health literacy efforts among adult basic education providers in Central Texas. Methods: A survey was conducted with all adult literacy providers in Central Texas (N = 58). Results: Most programs provide health-related information. Literacy programs see needs for helping students communicate with doctors, filling…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Health Education, Information Literacy
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Kaunonen, Gary – Community Literacy Journal, 2011
In working class education, one of the primary goals in addition to basic literacy was the formulation of class-based interpretations of society. In the late 19th and early 20th century, as literacy programs began to filter into the lives of proletariat, an attempt to expand the definition of literacy past basic reading and writing skills…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Working Class, Educational History, Schools
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Tomlinson, Elizabeth C. – Community Literacy Journal, 2010
This study uses fieldwork to investigate the sponsorship of legal literacy within a court mediation program. This examination of institutional involvement in literacy sponsorship demonstrates the ideological nature of literacy by showing the importance of context, investigating literacy-based relationships, and uncovering the intertwined nature of…
Descriptors: Community Organizations, Adult Literacy, Information Literacy, Courts
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Horning, Alice – Community Literacy Journal, 2010
Illiteracy is a huge problem, socially, economically and educationally. This study of the history and current practices of American public libraries examines their role in supporting the development of human literate abilities and in helping all Americans to be critically literate in order to participate fully and successfully in our society. This…
Descriptors: Illiteracy, Library Role, Public Libraries, Adult Literacy
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Barany, Michelle – Community Literacy Journal, 2009
This paper, presented at the CCCC 2008 Senior Citizens Writing session, draws upon my experiences as a senior workshop member and past teacher. Addressing workshop leaders, it emphasizes the need for the many-faceted seniors' voices to be "translated" and tested within a workshop's microcosm before entering the outside world's macrocosm.
Descriptors: Older Adults, Writing Workshops, Authors, Experience
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Parks, Steve; Pollard, Nick – Community Literacy Journal, 2009
Our dialogue explores the development of community/university publishing partnerships in the United States through the dual lens of the U.S-based "Students' Right To Their Own Language" and the U.K.-based Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers, a national alliance of working-class writing groups. At the conclusion of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Writing (Composition), Colleges, School Community Relationship
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