David Barton's research while affiliated with Lancaster University and other places

Publications (48)

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This paper highlights the importance, when researching writing across the lifespan, of addressing a range of aspects of social context which change over time, particularly focusing on tools, values, relationships and identities. It illustrates this argument by drawing on a range of empirical studies exploring different aspects of writing in univers...
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Almost every aspect of an academic’s role involves specialised forms of writing, and the range of digital platforms used to produce this has increased. Core genres such as the journal article and monograph remain central, but the ways they are now commonly produced via file-sharing software and online submission systems are changing them. Digital m...
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This paper explores the variety of uses people make of the tagging feature on the photo-sharing site Flickr. The site developers intended uses are primarily to build a taxonomy to make the images on the site easily searchable. Data from examples of Flickr tags and interviews with selected users reveal that some tagging fits with this aim, whilst ot...
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This presentation discusses findings from an ERSC-funded research project investigating the writing practices of academics at three English universities. The data drawn on in this paper relate specifically to the ways in which digital technologies around writing bring issues of academic identity into sharp focus. Academics have always participate...
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This paper addresses academic disciplinary writing practices, and how these are affected by changes in the landscape of Higher Education in the UK. After exploring the definition and understanding of the notion of “discipline”, the paper presents research from an ESRC-funded research project studying academics’ everyday writing practices, working c...
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Local Literacies is a unique study of everyday reading and writing. By concentrating on a selection of people in a particular community in Britain, the authors analyze how they use literacy in their day-to-day lives.This exploration provides a description of literacy at one point in time, and also reveals the nature and significance of communicatio...
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Local Literacies is a unique detailed study of the role of reading and writing in people’s everyday lives. By concentrating on a selection of people in a particular community in Lancaster, England, the authors analyse how they use literacy in their day-to-day lives. It follows four people in detail examining how they use local media, their particip...
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Literacy as social practice This paper presents a theory of literacy as social practice in the form of six propositions about the nature of literacy. The starting-point is that literacy is best understood as a set of social practices ; these are observable in events which are mediated by written texts. This offers a powerful way of conceptualizing...
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What's the problem with literacy at college? How might everyday literacy be harnessed for educational ends? Based on the first major study of literacy practices in colleges in the UK, this book explores the reading and writing associated with learning subjects across the college curriculum. It investigates literacy practices in which students engag...
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The study is rooted in a social practices approach and examines how people’s lives shape their learning. Themes addressed range from: how literacy is learned through participation and how barriers such as violence and ill-health impact on people’s lives. Based on a major research project and detailed, reflexive and collaborative methodology, the bo...
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This report shows how an understanding of language, literacy andnumeracy as social practices can help practitioners to take account oflearners' lives. It demonstrates how people's histories, currentcircumstances and imagined futures can shape their learning andaffect their level of engagement. The study is based on the research ofthe Adult Learners...
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The concept of 'communities of practice' (Lave and Wenger 1991, Wenger 1998) has become an influential one in education, management, and social sciences in recent years. This book consists of a series of studies by linguists and educational researchers, examining and developing aspects of the concept which have remained relatively unexplored. Frami...
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The concept of "communities of practice" (Lave and Wenger 1991, Wenger 1998) has become influential in education, management, and social sciences in recent years. This volume emphasizes the significance of language, power, and social context in understanding how communities of practice work. Domains of empirical research reported include schools, p...
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INTRODUCTION We work in Literacy Studies and approach the notion of community of practice to see how it can strengthen or challenge what we do. The field of literacy studies has developed in parallel with communities of practice work over the past twenty years. The two approaches have common roots in the work of Scribner and Cole (1981), but then t...
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The paper evaluates the work of the International Adult Literacy Survey as reported in OECD 1997. It assesses its contribution to understanding literacy in terms of the perspective of the New Literacy Studies. It outlines this perspective as a basis for a critique that is mostly concerned with the validity of the test. Three criticisms of the surve...
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this report we have reviewed a wide range of material.
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Writing originated separately in Mesopotamia and Egypt, China, pre-Columbian America, and, possibly, the Indus Valley. The earliest evidence of writing is cuneiform script from Mesopotamia at c.3500 BC. Six earlier classes of visual representation contributed to the development of writing-systems: the expressive and ritualistic markings found in ca...
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This paper investigates the concept of word in adults at various literacy levels. Sixty adults gave definitions of word and judged whether specific items were words, during an interview of metalinguistic awareness. Definitions were analysed in terms of 3 main dimensions: functions, meaning and units. Definitional form was also noted, as were inaccu...
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As part of a wider study of metalinguistic skills, a study examined the metalinguistic awareness of the concept "word" of adults at different literacy levels. Subjects, 60 adult monolingual English speakers enrolled in adult education classes, were divided into three groups according to reading level. Data were gathered through a structured intervi...
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This report examines what we know about how adults identified as priority groups in the Skills for Life strategy are engaging in learning related to improving their language, literacy and numeracy skills. This overview draws principally, but not solely, on research carried out by the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and N...

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... Den frihed fik de med det forbehold, at de fortalte, hvor de var, og vendte tilbage til klassen på et bestemt tidspunktaltså scheduled time. Tusting, McCulloch, Bhatt, Hamilton og Barton understreger tidens betydning for frihed på arbejdspladsen ved at vise, hvordan specielt akademikere har minimal kontrol i deres arbejde, så laenge de overholder tidsmaessige deadlines og møder op, hvor det er påkraevet, og dermed følger tid og sted (Tusting, McCulloch, Bhatt, Hamilton, & Barton, 2019). I mine interviews med eleverne viser tiden sig også som en frihed. ...
... For each of the four tensions that we identified around common components of DC curricula, we analyzed participants' perceived benefits and complexities, and we offer suggestions for future camps to learn from participants'particularly the outliers'-responses. Recent research on the practices of academic writers emphasizes the challenge of finding time and space for writing and of developing sustainable habits (e.g., Sword, 2017;Tusting et al., 2019). As Rogers, Zawacki, and Baker (2016) reported, in surveys from 428 dissertation students, at the top of the long list of "difficult elements for dissertation writers" for English L1 writers and near the top for L2 writers was "finding the time to write" (p. ...
... Additionally, since the participant academics are in exile, there is a sense of instability, which attaches significant value to their future aspirations (Hammer, 2005). Therefore, there is a need for adopting a more holistic perspective (Tusting, Barton, McCulloch, Papen, & Potts, 2019) to their experiences of academic networking. which successfully combines both. ...
... Alternative approaches to contemporary literacy are offered by work in the field of New Literacies Studies (NLS) (e.g. Street, 1995;Hamilton, Barton, and Ivanic, 1994) where the plural 'Literacies' is used, rather than the singular 'Literacy', to recognise the broad range of practices that can be characterised as literate activity. From this perspective, literacies emerge in social and cultural practices and are 'ideological', that is, they are deeply enmeshed with 'thinking about, doing and reading in cultural contexts' (Street 2001, p11). ...
... In a world qualified by a wide range of social media environments, blogs are certainly not the only-or even the main-digital tool available for scholars. Real-time collaborative writing tools and social media have been shown to influence scholarly writing deeply, e.g., [15,16]. Vlogs, podcasts and networking sites have greatly increased the possibilities of scholarly communication, thus often leading to awareness of a complex digital media ecology in scientific communication [17], where traditional and new media co-exist and build on each other. ...
... Para o Digital Curation Center (DCC) (2019), a curadoria digital é um processo complexo, contínuo e interdisciplinar, que envolve a manutenção, preservação, avaliação, reavaliação, o uso e reuso, assim como a agregação de valores aos dados da pesquisa digital, por todo seu ciclo de vida. Barton (2018) e Silva & Costa (2021) acrescentam que as atividades que envolvem a curadoria digital são diversas e diferentes. Barton (2018) identificou um conjunto de palavras que contribuem para compreender o processo da curadoria digital: criação; seleção; organização; apresentação; interpretação. ...
... de las características individuales, al resaltar los sistemas de actividad escolar que posibilitan o restringen su participación en las prácticas académicas(Barton & Hamilton, 2012;de Agüero, 1999;Tusting & Barton, 2016).En la construcción cotidiana de lo que ocurre en las aulas a través de ...
... Αυτή η άποψη προβάλλει την ενσωμάτωση του γραμματισμού στην ιδεολογία και τις κοινωνικοπολιτιστικές δομές και συναντάται ως ιδεολογική προσέγγιση του γραμματισμού. Το μοντέλο αυτό υπογραμμίζει πως ένα ευρύ φάσμα γραμματισμών συνδέεται και διαμορφώνεται από διαφορετικές κοινότητες, από την κοινωνικοπολιτισμική προέλευση, τους κοινωνικούς θεσμούς και τις σχέσεις εξουσίας (Barton & Hamilton, 2000;Gee, 2008;Lewis, 2001;Purcell-Gates, Jacobson, & Degener, 2004;Zhang, 2011, 41). Οι Street (1998: 158-159, 2006: 368-369) αναφέρονται σε τρία μοντέλα ακαδημαϊκής γραφής στην τριτοβάθμια εκπαίδευση: το μοντέλο των δεξιοτήτων μελέτης (the study skills model), το μοντέλο της ακαδημαϊκής κοινωνικοποίησης (the academic socialization model) και το μοντέλο του ακαδημαϊκού γραμματισμού (the academic literacies model), προτάσσοντας στις μελέτες τους το τρίτο μοντέλο, το οποίο και αξιοποιούν με επιστημολογικό πλαίσιο τις σύγχρονες σπουδές γραμματισμού (New Literacy Studies) και την Κριτική Ανάλυση Λόγου (Critical Discourse Analysis). ...
... Takahashi (2011) places CoP as a sociocultural theory, based on is aim to promote learning in shared work activities in a community of practitioners. SLT provided, when it was developed, a new perspective on learning that differed from the behaviouristic view dominating education research in the 1980s and early onset of the 1990s (Farnsworth et al., 2016;Barton & Tusting, 2005). An example of the different view (compared to behaviouristic assumptions) on learning in SLT is that learning does not depend on the individual; instead, it is a social process (Farnsworth et al., 2016). ...
... Reading scientific works is necessary, in order to find the ideas outlined in an article; because producing scientific work requires scientific reading. That is why literacy's primary meaning is closely related to reading and writing activities (Barton & Hamilton, 2012). ...