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An Ethnographic Case Study of the Literacy Events and Literacy Practices of One Family with a Child with a Learning Disability

  • Author / Creator
    Filipek, Jacqueline
  • This study examines the case of one Canadian family with a child with a learning disability to better understand ways in which social and cultural interactions enable multiple literacies to be constructed and to exist within many settings. It considers how three contextual factors, self-motivation, expectations, and medical conditions, affect the child‟s literacy. Using an ethnographic case study methodology, this study explores and analyzes the family‟s literacy events (observable episodes in which literacy has a role) and literacy practices (what people do with literacy). Key findings include identifying ten sociotextual domains of literacy the family employs; the most prevalent are school-based, entertainment, and social cohesion. These ten domains show how the family works together to build literacy for many purposes, such as individual, social, or interpersonal. This study also presents data suggesting parental influence, specialized support, and home/school relationship may affect the construction of literacy for children with learning disabilities.

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  • Graduation date
    2010-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R30C92
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Elementary Education
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Blair, Heather (Elementary Education)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Iveson, Margaret (Secondary Education)
    • Blair, Heather (Elementary Education)
    • McClay, Jill (Elementary Education)