Potent Fictions: Children's Literacy and the Challenge of Popular Culture (Paperback) - Hilton, Mary

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Today''s children spend more time than ever before watching television, playing computer games and reading comic and pulp fiction. Many of these are directly designed by the toy and media industry. Are children therefore simply being manipulated?
There is widespread concern that because of these kinds of popular fiction, children do not read quality'' literature, resulting in lower standards of literacy. There is also the further fear that because many of these popular media portray highly stereotyped, gendered images, this too will have a damaging effect on children.
Mary Hilton''s fascinating book proves that there is another side to the argument. We do not have to view popular culture as a threat to our children or their education. The writers of this collection show how, used carefully alongside other types of literature, popular culture can actually help teachers to develop literacy in a broad and positive sense.

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Publisher Routledge
Mfg Part# 9780415135306
SKU 202494758
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0415135303
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.5L x 0.75T
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Editors Note Based on close empirical work with children and a knowledge of cultural theory, Potent Fictions describes and discusses the current market for children's popular culture, and the implications this has for classroom practice. It shows how children use many literacies and experiences to make sense of the world around them. Thus popular culture can take a place alongside more crafted literature as a vital resource of meaning.This book will help teachers to understand and engage with children's literacy practices outside school, while at the same developing more traditional school practices of reading and writing. By developing an integrated approach to different narratives, teachers will enable children to develop literacy in its widest and most empowering sense.
Editors Note 1 Based on close empirical work with children and a knowledge of cultural theory, Potent Fictions describes and discusses the current market for children's popular culture, and the implications this has for classroom practice. It shows how children use many literacies and experiences to make sense of the world around them. Thus popular culture can take a place alongside more crafted literature as a vital resource of meaning.This book will help teachers to understand and engage with children's literacy practices outside school, while at the same developing more traditional school practices of reading and writing. By developing an integrated approach to different narratives, teachers will enable children to develop literacy in its widest and most empowering sense.
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