My Words, My Literacy: Tracking of and Teaching through the On-Field Language Practices of Australian Indigenous Boys

David Caldwell, Nayia Cominos, Katie Gloede

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Abstract

This article addresses the lack of research into boys’ on-field language practices in sport and the potential to integrate this as text into the multiliteracy classroom. We recount the findings of a small-scale pilot project—“Real Language in Real Time”—which applied innovative audiodigital recording technology to the context of Indigenous Australian boys participating in Australian rules football. We review the relevant literature across a range of intersecting areas: boys and literacy in relation to construal of masculinity, Aboriginal boys and sport, Aboriginal literacy more generally, and sociometrics. The next sections describe the research question, project context, the innovative technology used to collect the on-field data in real time, and the principles informing the analysis, with examples from one of the literacy resources developed. We conclude with a discussion of the implications of this novel study, with specific reference to the project’s potential construal of a homogenous masculine discourse.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-36
Number of pages26
JournalBoyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Sport literacy
  • Australian football
  • Indigenous Australian Boys
  • Multiliteracies
  • Masculinity
  • Audiodigital recording technology

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