Literacy Research for Expanding Meaningfulness
Literacy Research Association 67th Annual Conference
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, Tampa, FL, November 29-December 2, 2017
The Literacy Research Association, a non-profit professional organization, is comprised of individuals who share an interest in advancing literacy theory, research, and practice. We are a community that engages in research and dialogue pertaining to literacy and related topics. We support the professional development of emerging and established scholars. We advocate research-informed improvements in education. We seek high-quality research and discussions of important theoretical or methodological issues. Only original work related to literacy not presented or published elsewhere may be proposed for the conference.
The theme of the 2017 conference is Literacy Research for Expanding Meaningfulness. A casualty of an era of literacy education shaped by standardization, testing, and commercialization is attention to both the breadth of development in becoming literate and the multiple functions of literacy in everyday lives and across time. This theme invites conversations on how literacies are or might be implicated—beyond conventional notions of competence and achievement—in the building of more agentive, fulfilling lives for individuals and communities. We welcome proposals for studies that bring into focus the nature and attainment of meaningful literacies. We encourage sessions examining, for instance, the intersections of literate practices and personal well-being, relational development, problem solving, or the identification of new problems of personal and social significance. How do particular theoretical perspectives and methodologies influence our sense of complexity around notions of meaningful literacies and development and their visibility? How might research be leveraged to disrupt conversations around policy, curriculum, and instruction that reduce literacy to a narrow set of measureable skills?