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Language socialization through textbooks

Curdt-Christiansen, X.-L. (2017) Language socialization through textbooks. In: Duff, P. A. and May, S. (eds.) Language Socialization. Encyclopedia of Language and Education. Springer. ISBN 9783319022567

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Textbooks, as one of the primary and basic teaching/learning resources in education, provide a cornerstone for knowledge transmission, literacy education, enculturation, and socialisation. By their very nature, textbooks contain not only subject knowledge but also social norms and cultural values and ideologies. Although language socialisation through textbooks may depend on how they are employed in various contexts, the chapter reviews mainly studies of language textbooks’ cultural content as a means of socialisation. The chapter starts with a review of the early developments of textbook content used for literacy education in different sociocultural contexts. It then provides a discussion of the major contributions to the field with a focus on cultural knowledge embedded in foreign language textbooks. This is followed by an overview of recent developments in language textbook analysis, including the critical analysis of ideological representations involved in the politics of selection of content. Lastly, challenges for the field are outlined and future directions are indicated as reflected in evolving educational systems and political environments.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Language and Literacy in Education
ID Code:68943

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