Review “Foregrounding the disciplines” Moje 2008

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Reference: Moje, E.B. (2008). ‘Foregrounding the disciplines in secondary literacy teaching and learning: A call for change.’ Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 52(2), 96-107. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database (EBSCOhost).

{EDIT: another SecEd student has responded to two Moje articles @Synergistic Bonding in the Classroom}


10 page article in which Moje pursues the question of disciplinary literacies versus generic literacies. Moje talks about possible reasons why school reforms based on improving generic literacies within disciplines seemed to have failed. She argues that teachers may need to focus more on discipline specific literacy, and that a deep understanding of this is required for building cross disciplinary knowledge and relevance, which is also important. She notes that this is a challenge, considering the way school is structured into isolated 50 minute classes, which lends itself to the “pedagogy of telling”.

Excerpt from Abstract (p. 96):

“In this commentary, I suggest that it may…

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