The purpose of the Literacy Special Interest Group is to form a community of inquiry and learning about the many facets of literacy across all disciplines. Members are encouraged to share current research, policy, teaching ideas, and resources.
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Why the Literacy SIG?
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are an integral part of ATE and provide a forum within the Association for the involvement of individuals with common interests in specific areas of research. As the paradigms of education change, so must SIGs. In the 21st century, there has been a shift in the education community to broaden the understanding of the meaning of “reading” education to encompass the various facets of literacy. As our population expands and technology breaks down ever more barriers between us, the ability to communicate and interact with those around us becomes even more important. Both the National Council of the Teachers of English and the International Literacy Association have made the move to recognize “literacy” as the way that we interact with the world around us, how we shape it and are shaped by it.
As noted in Association of Teacher Education Standard 8, teacher educators accept responsibility for improving their profession; thus, in the spirit of professional growth, the ReLATE SIG is reengaging and revisioning as the Literacy SIG to provide members an opportunity to share teaching ideas, research, syllabi, course outlines, and resources to help meet the challenges of preparing teachers in today’s uncertain climate. As we focus on literacy as a tool for meaningful engagement with society, we must also examine and consider the experiences of the “illiterate” as well.
The Literacy SIG Goals
Discuss current trends in literacy and teacher education
Share research and collaborate with other educators across disciplines
Advocate for book access
Promote best practices in literacy education
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