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Dec 12 2011: Call for Papers on a themed edition of Literacy on Narrative

Contributors are invited to submit articles that focus on narrative and literacy from different theoretical, pedagogical, practical, policy and/or research perspectives...Read more>


The journal Literacy (formerly Reading) is published three times a year and received by all members of UKLA. It is a refereed journal for those interested in the study and development of literacy education. The following kinds of contributions are welcomed:

  • Reports of recent research in the field of literacy
  • Informed and analytical accounts of innovative practice
  • Critiques of recent policy developments
  • Short reports of research in progress


Dr Cathy Burnett

Sheffiled Hallam University

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Julia Davies

Sheffield University 

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Editorial Board

Victoria Carrington (UK), Barbara Comber (Australia), Teresa Cremin (UK), Henrietta Dombey (UK), Kathy Hall (Ireland), Viv Ellis (UK), Sue Ellis (UK), Andrew Goodwyn (UK), Shirley Brice Heath (USA), Charmian Kenner (UK), Margaret Mackey (Canada), Guy Merchant (UK), Olivia O’Sullivan (UK), Kate Pahl (UK), Lissa Paul (Canada), Taffy Raphael (USA), Marian Sainsbury (UK), Vivienne Smith (UK), Janet Soler (UK)

Editorial Advisory Group

Ann Burke (Canada), Cathy Burnett  (UK) Gabrielle Cliff Hodges (UK), Margaret Cook (UK), Clare Dowdall (UK), Sue Dymoke (UK), Rosie Flewitt (UK), Rósa Guðrún Eggertsdóttir  (Iceland) Christine Hall (UK), Karl Kitching (Ireland), Andrew Lambirth (UK), Margaret Mallett (UK), Tony Martin (UK), Trinka Messenheimer (USA), Elaine Millard (UK), Helen Nixon (Australia), Malcolm Reed (UK), Dinah Volk (UK)


Sample Articles in 2010 include:

Gabrielle Cliff Hodges: Reasons for reading: why literature matters 44, 2, 60-68.

Christine Hall and Pat Thomson: Grounded literacies: the power of listening to, telling and performing community stories 44, 2, 69-75.

Caroline Pearson: Acting up or acting out? Unlocking children's talk in literature circles 44, 1, 3-11.

Mary Louise Gomez, Melissa Schieble, Jen Scott Curwood and Dawnene Hassett: Technology, learning and instruction: distributed cognition in the secondary English classroom 44, 2, 20-27.

Back issues

Legacy files of Literacy or Reading, back to Volume 1 (1967), are now available to logged-in UKLA members on Blackwell Synergy here.

Call for Papers - Special Issue:  Methodology Matters

Editors: Rosie Flewitt, Kate Pahl and Anna Smith

  • What methods can be used in literacy research to capture the changing nature of literacies?
  • How can collaborative, participatory and co-produced methodologies support literacy theory and practice?
  • What is the role of arts, humanities and social science methodologies in literacy research?
  • What do digital technologies and software analysis programmes offer literacy researchers?
  • What are the key methodological challenges for literacy researchers?

Literacy research has traditionally drawn on a broad set of methodologies from across the social sciences and arts and humanities including ethnography, case study, practitioner and action research approaches, literary, linguistic, anthropological, hermeneutic and arts practice methodologies. More recently, ecological methodologies, geo-spatial mapping, auto-ethnographic methods, digital and poetic analysis, as well as co-production methodologies and dialogic co-inquiry approaches which include children and young people as researchers, have also contributed new insights into contemporary literacy practices.

We aim to highlight new directions in the field of literacy research methods and methodologies through this special issue. 

Contributors are invited to submit articles that focus on participatory and collaborative methodologies, spatial and temporal methodologies, arts-based methodologies, innovative uses of digital devices and programmes for data collection and analysis. Quantitative and qualitative methods from across the disciplinary boundaries but which focus on literacy research are also welcome. Innovative and exploratory styles of writing and thinking are encouraged.

Please refer to the ‘Author Guidelines' on the back cover of Literacy or at:

Deadline 1st March 2014

Please mark submissions: Special Issue: Methodology Matters

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