Designing interpretive communities toward justice: indexicality in classroom discourse

Scott Storm, Karis Jones, Sarah W. Beck

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Purpose: This study aims to investigate how, through text-based classroom talk, youth collaboratively draw on and remix discourses and practices from multiple socially indexed traditions. Design/methodology/approach: Drawing on data from a year-long social design experiment, this study uses qualitative coding and traces discoursal markers of indexicality. Findings: The youth sustained, remixed and evaluated interpretive communities in their navigation across disciplinary and fandom discourses to construct a hybrid classroom interpretive community. Originality/value: This research contributes to scholarship that supports using popular texts in classrooms as the focus of a scholarly inquiry by demonstrating how youth in one high school English classroom discursively index interpretive communities aligned with popular fandoms and literary scholarship. This study adds to understandings about the social nature of literary reading, interpretive whole-class text-based talk and literary literacies with multimodal texts in diverse, high school classrooms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-15
Number of pages14
JournalEnglish Teaching
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 17 2022


  • Classroom discourse
  • Disciplinary literacies
  • Indexicality
  • Teaching literature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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