Teaching and learning involve more than just language. The teachers' use of gestures, the classroom spaces they occupy and the movements they make, as well as the tools they use, work together with language as a multimodal ensemble of meanings. Embodied teaching is about applying the understandings from multimodal communication to the classroom. It is about helping teachers recognise that the moves they make and the tools they use in the classroom are part of their pedagogy and contribute to the design of the students’ learning experience.
In response to the changing profile and needs of learners in this digital age, pedagogic shifts are required. A shift is the evolving role of teachers from authority of knowledge to designers of learning. This book discusses how, using examples drawn from case studies, teachers can use corporeal resources and (digital) tools to design learning experiences for their students. It advances the argument that the study of the teachers' use of language, gestures, positioning, and movement in the classroom, from a multimodal perspective, can be productive.
This book is intended for educational researchers and teacher practitioners, as well as curriculum specialists and policy makers. The central proposition is that as teachers develop a semiotic awareness of how their use of various meaning-making resources express their unique pedagogy they can use these multimodal resources aptly and fluently to design meaningful learning experiences. This book also presents a case for further research in educational semiotics to understand the embodied ways of meaning-making in the pedagogic context.
Table of Contents
1. Embodied Teaching 2. Multimodal Pedagogic Discourse 3. Spatial Pedagogy 4. Pedagogic Gestures 5. Semiotic Technologies 6. Multimodal Classroom Orchestration 7. Designing Learning
Fei Victor Lim is Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has published and been cited for his work in multimodal discourse analysis, designs for learning through classroom orchestration, and multimodal literacy. He serves on the editorial team of the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, Computers and Composition, and Designs for Learning. He is also Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator of several research grants. He was previously Lead Specialist and Deputy Director, Technologies for Learning, at the Singapore Ministry of Education, where he has experience in translational research, policy formulation, and programme development, with a focus on how educational technology can improve teaching and learning.
"A book that brings the profound relevance of what has long been overlooked into clear focus." - Gunther Kress (1940–2019), Professor of Semiotics and Education, University College London, UK
"In this volume, Lim demonstrates the power of a systemic view on multimodality to not only examine embodied teaching, but to show semiotic resources can be best utilized in concert for effective pedagogy." - Thomas Martin Amundrud, Associate Professor, English Education, Nara University of Education, Japan