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MSU Literacy Colloquy

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  • Dr. Elizabeth Moje

    Wednesday, April 29th

    11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Erickson Room: 252

    Doing and Teaching Disciplinary Literacy: Supporting Youth and Teachers in Navigating the

    Literacy Contexts of School and Life

    In this presentation, Moje will present her developing conceptualization of disciplinary literacy teaching for social justice as a matter of teaching youth to navigate the literacy contexts of school and life. To develop her argument, Moje will focus on four critical aspects of her theory of disciplinary literacy teaching: (a) disciplinary literacy teaching begins with youth knowledge and experience, (b) all literate practice is domain-specific; the disciplines are simply highly specialized domains into which children and youth need to be apprenticed throughout their school years, (c) starting with the big questions of a given discipline will imbue the reading and writing practices of the classroom with purpose and meaning, (d) disciplinary literacy teaching must attend to differences and similarities among the disciplines and among other life contexts as a way of helping youth learn to navigate their current and future worlds. To help teachers and school leaders think about how to engage in this kind of instruction, Moje will present a heuristic for disciplinary literacy teaching that revolves around working with youth knowledge and practices and engaging young people in the practices of the disciplines. Moje will conclude her discussion with a glimpse of how the secondary teacher education program at Michigan is using the heuristic to guide the education of new middle and high school teachers.

    Elizabeth Birr Moje is the associate dean for research and community engagement and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. She also serves as a faculty associate in the universitys Institute for Social Research, Latino/a Studies, and in the Joint Program in English and Education.

    2014-2015 Literacy Colloquy Presentation