This book takes a radically different look at communication, and in doing so presents a series of challenges to accepted views on language, on communication, on teaching and, above all, on learning. Drawing on extensive research in science classrooms, it presents a view of communication in which language is not necessarily communication - image, gesture, speech, writing, models, spatial and bodily codes. The action of students in learning is radically rethought: all participants in communication are seen as active transformers of the meaning resources around them, and this approach opens a new window on the processes of learning.
Gunther Kress is a Professor, Culture Communication and Societies, Institute of Education, University of London. Carey Jewitt is a Senior Researcher, Culture Communication and Societies, Institute of Education, University of London. Jon Ogborn is Professor of Science Education, University of Sussex. Charalampos Tsatsarelis is Director of Research and Developments Centre, The Ziridis Schools, Athens.
Introduction 1. Rhetorics of the Science Classroom: A Multimodal Approach 2. Multimodality 3. Analysing Action in the Science Classroom 4. Shapes of Knowledge 5. Rethinking Learning in the Multimodal Environment: Learning to Be Scientific 6. Written Genres and the Transformation of Multimodal Communication: Students' Signs as Evidence of Learning 7. Materiality as an Expression of Learning 8. Conclusion