By Prof. David Barton
Department of Linguistics and English Language
Date: 9th May 2012
This paper uses a study of the photo-sharing website Flickr to examine new online spaces for writing. Based on detailed examination of photo sites, along with online interviews of Chinese-speaking and Spanish-speaking Flickr users, the paper focuses on what people say about their learning on the internet. The paper investigates how people learn to participate in new vernacular writing practices and it shows how theories of situated learning can take account of learning in online spaces. It focuses in particular on the ways in which people undertake deliberate projects of learning, including language learning. The paper also examines how people talk about the learning they are involved in and the specific discourses of learning they commonly draw upon.
About the speaker:
David Barton is Professor of Language and Literacy in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University and Director of the Lancaster Literacy Research Centre. His main publications, with others, have been concerned with: rethinking the nature of literacy (Literacy, Blackwell, 2nd edn. 2007; The anthropology of writing, Continuum, 2010); carrying out detailed studies of everyday literacies (Local literacies, Routledge, 1998; Situated literacies, Routledge, 2000; and the relations of literacy and learning (Beyond Communities of Practice, Cambridge University Press, 2005; Literacy, Lives and Learning, Routledge, 2007; Improving learning in college, Routledge 2009). He is currently interested in all aspects of language online.
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