Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures

Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures

Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures

Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures

Synopsis

Addressing the question of the future of literacy teaching - what should be taught and how? - this text proposes a pedagogy which recognises both cultural and linguistic diversity, and the many ways of representing meaning beyond language.

Excerpt

This book has been collectively written by the New London Group although Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis have taken responsibility for editing the collection.

The following contributors to this book attended the original New London meeting in September 1994, and authored the 'Pedagogy of Multiliteracies' manifesto, published in the Harvard Educational Review in 1996 and which appears as Chapter 1 of this book: Courtney B. Cazden, Bill Cope, Norman Fairclough, James Paul Gee, Mary Kalantzis, Gunther Kress, Carmen Luke, Sarah Michaels, and Martin Nakata. Joseph Lo Bianco was unable to attend the September 1994 meeting. He has, however, attended subsequent New London Group meetings.

Following the publication of the 'Pedagogy of Multiliteracies' manifesto, David Bond, Denise Newfield, Richard Sohmer and Pippa Stein were invited by the New London Group to contribute to this book, adding their perspectives and experiences in using and evaluating the Multiliteracies concepts.

Courtney B. Cazden is the Charles William Eliot Professor of Education Emerita at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA. She is a member of the National Academy of Education and a past president of the Council on Anthropology and Education and the American Association of Applied Linguistics. Currently she is working on a revised edition of her highly acclaimed Classroom Discourse.

Bill Cope is Director of the Centre for Workplace Communication and Culture and a former Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs in Australia's Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He is co-author, with Mary Kalantzis, of Productive Diversity (Pluto Press, Sydney, 1997), Mistaken Identity: Multiculturalism and the Demise of Nationalism in Australia (Pluto, 1992; with Kalantzis, Castles and Morrissey), The Powers of Literacy (Falmer Press, London, 1993, edited with Kalantzis), Cultures of Schooling (Falmer, 1991, with Kalantzis, Noble and Poynting) and Minority Languages and Dominant Culture (Falmer, 1988, with Kalantzis and Slade).

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