1st Edition

Elaborating Multiliteracies through Multimodal Texts Changing Classroom Practices and Developing Teacher Pedagogies

By Geoff Bull, Michèle Anstey Copyright 2019
    340 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    340 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Elaborating Multiliteracies through Multimodal Texts: Changing Classroom Practices and Developing Teacher Pedagogies is the complementary volume to Foundations of Multiliteracies: Reading, Writing and Talking in the 21st Century which provides a comprehensive introduction to multiliteracies, classroom talk, planning, pedagogy and practice. This second volume, embeds an action learning model, encouraging readers to explore classroom practice around multiliteracies, collect data about their pedagogy and enact change. It provides in-depth examination of the five semiotic systems, including a suggested school-wide sequence, explores reading and writing processes with multimodal texts and explains how to develop dialogic practices through talk around multimodal texts. The links between inquiry and action learning are explored in order to demonstrate how these approaches can change classroom practices and talk around multimodal texts.

    Several features have been designed to help translate knowledge of multiliteracies into effective classroom practice:

    • Graphic Outlines orient the reader to the concepts in the chapter.
    • Reflection Strategies enable the reader to gauge their understanding of key concepts.
    • Theory into Practice tasks enable the trialling of specific theoretical concepts in the classroom.
    • Auditing Instruments inform assessment of student performance and evaluation of teacher pedagogy.
    • QR codes address the multimodal and digital nature of new literacies link the reader to multimodal texts.
    • Action Learning Tasks enable readers to investigate specific aspects of their multiliterate pedagogy, plan and implement change, based on their findings.

    List of Figures, Tables and QR Codes



    Chapter One. The Action Learning Cycle: Designing multimodal pedagogies

    Chapter Two. Multiliteracies and Inquiry: Implications for pedagogy, planning and practice

    Chapter Three. The Codes and Conventions of the Semiotic Systems: Developing a metalanguage for literacy inquiry

    Chapter Four. Developing Dialogic Talk and Dialogic Pedagogy: Designing multiliterate classrooms

    Chapter Five. Investigating the Reading Process in multiliterate classrooms: Consuming multimodal texts

    Chapter Six. Investigating the Writing Process in multiliterate classrooms: Producing multimodal texts




    Dr Geoff Bull and Dr Michèle Anstey are directors of ABC: Anstey and Bull Consultants in Education and formerly Associate Professors at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. Geoff was national president of the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association. Michele was also a teacher in Victoria, NSW and Queensland and editor of AJLL.