Contemporary classrooms comprise a diversity of learners who come from different lifeworlds, with different dispositions and literacy abilities. Many argue that working in these diverse spaces as classroom teachers requires complex pedagogical work. In primary classrooms, picture book discussions are promoted as being ‘good’ for students’ literacy development. For example, they have been shown to develop oral language (Wu, 2010), vocabulary and comprehension (Edwards-Santoro, Chard, Howard, & Baker, 2008), written competence (Pantaleo, 2010), and critical literacy (Clarke & Whitney, 2009). Social issues picture books engage with real-world issues about society, culture or the environment. Further, picture book discussions also promote student development more broadly in areas such as discipline-specific knowledge, higher-order thinking skills and collaboration. Despite this, these reading events are presented as being largely unproblematic, and there is little work which explores these kinds of discussions in terms of the lived experiences of the students and teachers involved, or the complexity of the pedagogical work undertaken. In this chapter, we report on one aspect of a larger study that investigated how students and teachers experienced such reading events. Using discourse analytic techniques, we show how the identity work of two very different students operated during a discussion around a picture book, at times promoting, and at other times inhibiting, planned learning intentions.
|Title of host publication||Transformation and Empowerment Through Education|
|Subtitle of host publication||Reconstructing our Relationship with Education|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon UK|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|