Literacy agents online: E-discussion forums for advancing adults' literacy practices

Barbara Guzzetti, Leslie M. Foley

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This study explored how adults used a self-selected online forum to advance their own and others' literacy practices. The study was a discourse-centered online ethnography using triangulated methods, including analysis of list archives, semi-structured and informal interviews, and document collection. These data were analyzed by discourse analysis and thematic analysis. Findings illustrate how participants in a global electronic forum used electronic texts, forums, and textual practices to share digital and print resources and promote digital literacies. This study advances a theory of adult literacy practice as socially and culturally embedded and provides implications for adult literacy education. FREE author podcast

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-471
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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