Living Literacy and Living Leadership: A Student-Generated Community of Practice

Location: Jepson 123
Date: Sat, April 27
Time: 12:50 PM - 1:10 PM

The purpose of this ethnographic study is to explore how the literacy and leadership practices of English Language Learners (ELL) are socially constructed in a student-generated community of practice at an urban college. The research investigates how ELL move beyond a skill-based approach to learning English literacy to an approach that focuses on the learning of literacy and leadership as something people enact as daily social practices. These social practices are contextualized within a learning community, outside of the college classroom, which was created and led by ELL.


The purpose of this ethnographic study is to explore how the literacy and leadership practices of English Language Learners (ELL) are socially constructed in a student-generated community of practice at an urban college. The research investigates how ELL move beyond a skill-based approach to learning English literacy to an approach that focuses on the learning of literacy and leadership as something people enact as daily social practices. These social practices are contextualized within a learning community, outside of the college classroom, that was created and led by ELL. The research questions for the study may include: 1. How is learning English literacy, specifically reading and writing, socially-constructed as a common purpose of the student-generated community of practice? 2. How is learning English literacy, specifically reading and writing, enacted as social practices within and outside of the community of practice? 3. What is the intersectionality of English literacy and leadership within the community of practice? 4. What are the roles of the members of the community of practice in enacting the English literacy and leadership practices to further the common goals of the community. 5. How do members of the community of practice move beyond a skill-based approach to English literacy learning and leadership to an approach that enacts literacy as something people do as daily social practices? An ethnographic approach will be used in this study. In this regard, the research methodology may include participant observations, interviews, and document analysis.

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