Weblog worlds and constructions of effective and powerful writing: cross with care, and only where signs permit

Knobel, Michele, and Lankshear, Colin (2006) Weblog worlds and constructions of effective and powerful writing: cross with care, and only where signs permit. In: Pahl, Kate, and Rowsell, Jennifer, (eds.) Travel Notes from the New Literacy Studies: instances of practice. Multilingual Matters, Clevedon, UK, pp. 72-92.

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Interest in the extent to which texts (and the larger practices in which they are embedded) can and do cross sites is by now quite well established within literacy studies. This is particularly true in relation to schooling, where a raft of concerns ranging from issues of equity to the current preoccupation with student (dis)engagement in classroom learning, have focused on the extent to which it is possible and proper to try to port elements of out of school cultures across to classroom learning in pursuit of expansive educational purposes and ends. This chapter explores a single characteristically contemporary 'moment' in this ongoing narrative. It brings together the pedagogical aim of helping students become effective and powerful writers with the latest classroom appropriation from online environments - namely, the web log. We begin with a brief overview of the emergence of weblogging as a cultural practice that has attained global proportions during the past five years. We next consider a thesis about power dynamics in the 'blogosphere' and how these dynamics are associated with different forms of blogging and varying constructions of effective and powerful writing. Three exemplars of highly effective and influential blogging that reflect our range of forms of blogging are briefly described and from these we derive some key features of effective/powerful blogging as practiced by 'experts'. The chapter concludes with a consideration of school blogging at an early stage in its evolution and considers the prospects of expert-like effective blogging 'crossing' to school practices.

Item ID: 3614
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-85359-862-3
Keywords: weblog; literacy; literacy studies; online environments
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2009 00:25
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing @ 50%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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