The Role of the Academic Disciplines in Fostering Literacy
Each academic discipline
has its own literacy requirements related to "knowing"
and demonstrating how much one knows in that field.
Middle and high school courses in the disciplines
also can contribute to students’ development
of more general literacy skills.
It is important to understand
not only the literacy demands of the various disciplines but also the way that students
learn how to perform in those disciplines and demonstrate their achievement within as well
as across them.
can inform teachers, administrators, and policymakers
about how writing, reading, and classroom discussion
can work together to develop literacy skills and
how students, especially those with limited English
proficiency, learn how to participate in and learn
from class discussions. Several studies addressed
One, a large-scale
quantitative study, examined ninth-grade English
and social studies classrooms to determine the relationship
between classroom discourse and student literacy
achievement. Results can be found in the following:
||High School English: A National Portrait. (Article Abstract, 2002-3)
||The Production of Achievement Inequality in High School English (Article Abstract, 2002)
||Questions in Time: Investigating the Structure and Dynamics of Unfolding Classroom Discourse (Report, 2001)
||Towards an Ecology of Learning: A Case of Classroom Discourse and Its Effects on Writing Development (Report, 1998)