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Multiliteracies in Motion
Current Theory and Practice

ISBN 9780415801577
Published November 10, 2009 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

The realities of new technological and social conditions since the 1990s demand a new approach to literacy teaching. Looking onward from the original statement of aims of the multiliteracies movement in 1996, this volume brings together top-quality scholarship and research that has embraced the notion and features new contributions by many of the originators of this approach to literacy.

Drawing on large research projects and empirical evidence, the authors explore practical and educational issues that relate to multiliteracies, such as assessment, pedagogy and curriculum. The viewpoint taken is that multiliteracies is a complementary socio-cultural approach to the new literacies that includes pedagogy and learning. The differences are addressed from a multiliteracies perspective – one that does not discount or undermine the new literacies, but shows new ways in which they are complementary.

Computers and the internet are transforming the way we work and communicate and the very notion of literacy itself. This volume offers frontline information and a vital update for those wishing to understand the evolution of multiliteracies and the current state of literacy theory in relation to it.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Theo van Leeuwen & Gunther Kress


Chapter One: Introduction to multiliteracies in motion: Current theory and practice, David R. Cole & Darren L. Pullen

Part I: Classrooms and multiliteracies in motion

Chapter Two: Uncritical framing: Lesson and knowledge structure in school science, Beryl Exley & Allan Luke

Chapter Three: Image, voice, and the making of the school-literate child: Lessons from multiliterate teaching in China, Bette Zhang Bin & Peter Freebody

Chapter Four: Introducing multimodal literacy to young children learning English as a Second Language (ESL), Len Unsworth & Robyn Bush

Part II: Multiliteracies theory in motion

Chapter Five: New Media, New Learning, Bill Cope & Mary Kalantzis

Chapter Six: Tracking the relationships between technology and users in multiliteracies theory, David R. Cole & Darren L. Pullen

Chapter Seven: Multiliteracies and the politics of desire, David R. Cole

Part III: The pedagogy of multiliteracies in motion

Chapter Eight: Using the Principles of multiliteracies to inform pedagogical change, Michèle Anstey & Geoff Bull

Chapter Nine: Disrupting traditions: Teachers negotiating multiliteracies and digital technologies, Elizabeth Stolle & Gustavo Fischman

Chapter Ten: Using multiliteracies to facilitate culturally relevant pedagogy in the classroom, Louanne Smolin & Kimberly Lawless

Part IV: Multiliteracies in practice

Chapter Eleven: Multiliteracies and assessment practice, Ian Brown, Lori Lockyer & Peter Caputi

Chapter Twelve: Young Australians reading in a digital world, Jennifer Rennie & Annette Patterson

Chapter Thirteen: Multiliteracies: Resources for meaning-making in the secondary English classroom, Douglas McClenaghan & Brenton Doecke

Chapter Fourteen: A virtual school for rethinking learning, Julie Faulkner & Gloria Latham

Afterword, Donna E. Alvermann


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David R. Cole is Senior Lecturer in English & Pedagogy, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

Darren Pullen is Lecturer in ICT, Health Science and Professional Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania, Australia.



"…the authors featured in this collection present a compelling argument for change in educational practices, which would enable students to acquire skills that are appropriate to the complex demands of their everyday lives, while allowing them to utilize the multiliteracy skills they already possess….For educators, the collected essays in Multiliteracies in Motion offer a thought-provoking examination of the meaning of literacy in the world today."--Afterimage

"Multiliteracies in Motion: Current theory and practice makes an excellent contribution to understanding the nature of literacy in the 21st century....[the book] opens up our minds to change and introduces us to the challenge of emerging media and diverse ways of teaching literacy. Readers will discover new insights, prompted by the research and thinking of this diverse collection of scholarship."--University of Technology, Sydney