Are we raising the standards of language use or just playing games?

Gale, Trevor 2000, Are we raising the standards of language use or just playing games?, Melbourne studies in education, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 63-90.

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Title Are we raising the standards of language use or just playing games?
Author(s) Gale, Trevor
Journal name Melbourne studies in education
Volume number 41
Issue number 1
Start page 63
End page 90
Total pages 28
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication England
Publication date 2000
ISSN 1750-8487
1750-8495
Keyword(s) literacy
language use
students use of language
Summary Given the current state of play with respect to literacy 'crises' in Western democracies, this article revisits the 'language games' that often inform these concerns, examining their rules and who benefits from them. It argues that to focus narrowly on the technical aspects of language, as the current emphasis does, misses the point of what is at stake for students: those who advocates claim to want to help. Drawing on twenty semi-structured interviews and observations of teachers in primary and secondary schools within Queensland (Australia), the article outlines four perspectives on language use and how these variously position students as literate and illiterate. It concludes that we now need a different game plan to address students' use of language, one that provokes a stance and praxis in keeping with a more inclusive politics and which provides real challenges to broader social constraints.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040855

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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