This bold, forward-thinking text offers a clear rationale for the development of curricula and pedagogy that will reflect young people’s in-school and out-of-school popular culture practices.

By providing a sound theoretical framework and addressing popular culture and new technologies in the context of literacy teacher education, this book marks a significant step forward in literacy teaching and learning. It takes a cross-disciplinary approach and brings together contributions from some of the world’s leading figures in the field. Topics addressed include:

  • children’s popular culture in the home
  • informal literacies and pedagogic discourse
  • new technologies and popular culture in children’s everyday lives
  • teachers working with popular culture in the classroom.

This book illustrates the way in which literacy is evolving through popular culture and new technology and is an influential read for teachers, students, researchers and policy makers.

chapter |6 pages


ByJackie Marsh, Elaine Millard

part |98 pages

Early childhoods

chapter |15 pages

Technokids, Koala Trouble and Pokémon

Literacy, new technologies and popular culture in children's everyday lives
ByKnobel Michele

chapter |24 pages

Children's popular culture in the home

Tracing cultural practices in texts
ByKate Pahl

chapter |16 pages

Mr Naughty Man

Popular culture and children's literacy learning
ByPamela Greenhough, Wan Ching Yee, Jane Andrews, Anthony Feiler, Mary Scanlan, Martin Hughes

chapter |19 pages

Playing with texts

The contribution of children's knowledge of computer narratives to their story-writing
ByEve Bearne, Helen Wolstencroft

chapter |14 pages

A sign of the times

Looking critically at popular digital writing
ByGuy Merchant

part |65 pages

Youth and adolescence

chapter |16 pages

No single divide

Literacies, new technologies and school-defined versus self-selected purposes in curriculum and pedagogy
ByColin Lankshear

chapter |20 pages

Informal literacies and pedagogic discourse 1

ByGemma Moss

chapter |9 pages

Making it move, making it mean

Animation, print literacy and the metafunctions of language
ByDavid Parker

chapter |14 pages

Nomads and tribes

Online meaning-making and the development of new literacies
ByJulia Davies

part |62 pages

Teachers and schooling

chapter |19 pages

Tightropes, tactics and taboos

Pre-service teachers' beliefs and practices in relation to popular culture and literacy
ByJackie Marsh

chapter |20 pages

Assets in the classroom

Comfort and competence with media among teachers present and future
ByMuriel Robinson, Margaret Mackey

chapter |18 pages

Transformative practitioners, transformative practice

Teachers working with popular culture in the classroom
ByElaine Millard

chapter |6 pages


Popular literacies in an era of ‘scientific' reading instruction: challenges and opportunities
ByDonna E. Alvermann