Phillips, L. G., & Willis, L.D. (2014). Walking and talking with living texts: Breathing
life against static standardisation. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 13(1), 76-94.
Literacy in Australian education is currently driven by conflicting practices that foreground
a significant tension between standardisation and the realities of a literacy landscape that is fluid, interactive, multimodal, everchanging, adaptive and collaborative.
Louise and Linda explore the possibilities of navigating this tension, by foregrounding
what they refer to as living texts, that is, texts that are created in the moment and can
never be fully archived. They argue that through emphasis on creative and political
purpose, living texts breathe life against the staticity of standardization.