What does multimodality mean for English?: creative tensions in teaching new texts and new literacies

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HDL Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2428/48656
Title:
What does multimodality mean for English?: creative tensions in teaching new texts and new literacies
Authors:
Matthewman, S; Blight, A; Davies, C
Abstract:
The argument for a pedagogy which embraces visual and multimodal representation is well established in academic circles (Kress & Van Leeuwen, 1996; New London Group, 1996; Cope & Kalantzis, 2000) and a plethora of literacies congregate around the ever-expanding subject English as the prime site for innovation and development. This paper will focus on one exploratory case study from the Economic and Social Research Council InterActive Education Project1 to examine how working with multimodal texts creates tensions for English teachers as well as creative opportunities for pupils. Questions around what might be an appropriate pedagogy and metalanguage for the new literacies involved were tested against the models put forward by the New London Group. The process has shown that the development of a viable metalanguage for teaching and assessing multimodal texts is highly problematic and is in need of further empirical study. This cultural work is constrained by the current assessment requirements for English in England and needs to be considered against discussions of what definition of English and literacy we need in the 21st century.
Publisher:
Routledge
Journal:
Education, Communication & Information, 4(1)
Issue Date:
Mar-2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2428/48656
Additional Links:
http://www.tlrp.org/dspace/handle/123456789/169; http://www.interactiveeducation.ac.uk/out_mat.pdf
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Literacy

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dc.contributor.authorMatthewman, S-
dc.contributor.authorBlight, A-
dc.contributor.authorDavies, C-
dc.date.accessioned2009-02-07T18:48:12Z-
dc.date.available2009-02-07T18:48:12Z-
dc.date.issued2004-03-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2428/48656-
dc.description.abstractThe argument for a pedagogy which embraces visual and multimodal representation is well established in academic circles (Kress & Van Leeuwen, 1996; New London Group, 1996; Cope & Kalantzis, 2000) and a plethora of literacies congregate around the ever-expanding subject English as the prime site for innovation and development. This paper will focus on one exploratory case study from the Economic and Social Research Council InterActive Education Project1 to examine how working with multimodal texts creates tensions for English teachers as well as creative opportunities for pupils. Questions around what might be an appropriate pedagogy and metalanguage for the new literacies involved were tested against the models put forward by the New London Group. The process has shown that the development of a viable metalanguage for teaching and assessing multimodal texts is highly problematic and is in need of further empirical study. This cultural work is constrained by the current assessment requirements for English in England and needs to be considered against discussions of what definition of English and literacy we need in the 21st century.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherRoutledgeen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tlrp.org/dspace/handle/123456789/169en
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.interactiveeducation.ac.uk/out_mat.pdfen
dc.subjectmultimodalitiesen
dc.subjectliteracyen
dc.subjectenglishen
dc.subjectinteractive educationen
dc.subjectmodels of literacyen
dc.subjectliteracy pedagogyen
dc.titleWhat does multimodality mean for English?: creative tensions in teaching new texts and new literaciesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalEducation, Communication & Information, 4(1)en
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