By: Bill Cope (author), Mary Kalantzis (author)Paperback

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With the rise of new technologies and media, the way we communicate is rapidly changing. Literacies provides a comprehensive introduction to literacy pedagogy within today's new media environment. It focuses not only on reading and writing, but also on other modes of communication, including oral, visual, audio, gestural and spatial. This focus is designed to supplement, not replace, the enduringly important role of alphabetical literacy. Using real-world examples and illustrations, Literacies features the experiences of both teachers and students. It maps a range of methods that teachers can use to help their students develop their capacities to read, write and communicate. It also explores the wide range of literacies and the diversity of socio-cultural settings in today's workplace, public and community settings. With an emphasis on the 'how-to' practicalities of designing literacy learning experiences and assessing learner outcomes, this book is a contemporary and in-depth resource for literacy students.

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Mary Kalantzis is Dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois. Bill Cope is a Research Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois.


Part I. The 'Why' of Literacies: 1. Literacies on a human scale; 2. Literacies' purposes; Part II. Approaches to Literacies: 3. Didactic literacy; 4. Authentic literacy; 5. Functional literacy; 6. Critical literacies; Part III. The 'What' of Literacies: 7. Literacies as multimodal designs for meaning; 8. Making written meanings; 9. Making visual meanings; 10. Making spatial, tactile and gestural meanings; 11. Making audio and oral meanings; Part IV. The 'How' of Literacies: 12. Literacies to think and to learn; 13. Literacies pedagogy; 14. Literacies and learner differences; 15. Literacies standards and assessment.

Product Details

  • publication date: 16/04/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781107402195
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 464
  • ID: 9781107402195
  • weight: 840
  • ISBN10: 1107402190

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