Children's Literacy and the Challenge of Popular Culture
Edited by Mary Hilton
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Potent Fictions by Mary Hilton
Book DescriptionToday'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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415135306
(216mm x 140mm x 12mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 21-Mar-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mary Hilton
Contemporary Adolescent Literature and Culture, Hardback (September 2012)
Offering a wide range of critical perspectives, this volume explores the moral, ideological and literary landscapes in fiction and other cultural productions aimed at young adults. It illuminates the ways in which the cultural constructions 'adolescent' and 'young adult fiction' share some of society's most painful anxieties and contradictions.
Child-Centred Education, Paperback (September 2007)
Based on wide ranging research, this book sets out to revive the creative alternative to the rigid and impoverished learning experienced by too many primary school children. It traces the origins and history of the child-centred tradition; also sets out its fundamental beliefs and values; and, explores its place in education.
Women and the Shaping of the Nation's Young, Hardback (April 2007)
Researchers have neglected the cultural history of education and as a result women's educational works have been disparaged as narrowly didactic and redundant to the history of ideas. This book serves as a corrective to these biases by culturally contextualising the popular educational writings of leading women moralists and activists.
Opening the Nursery Door, Paperback (April 1997)» View all books by Mary Hilton
Examines such areas as: the texts written and read to children; the multifarious ways childhood has been considered, shaped and schooled through literacy practices; and the hitherto ignored role of women educators in early childhood across all classes.
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