Meanings emerging in practice for linguistically and culturally diverse students : an early years multiliteracies project

Exley, Beryl E. (2007) Meanings emerging in practice for linguistically and culturally diverse students : an early years multiliteracies project. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 3(3), pp. 101-113.

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This paper reviews the characteristics of changing education in new times (Castells, 2000, 2001; McNaughton, 2002). It draws attention to the complex nature of teachers’ work when working with linguistically and culturally diverse populations in an era of new literacies and new technologies. Attention is turned to one teacher, Mrs Jessie Alexander (pseudonym), as she implements a multiliteracies project within her culturally and linguistically diverse early-years classroom. The theoretical framework of the analysis draws on international work on student diversity (McNaughton, 2002) designs of meaning and components of pedagogy (New London Group, 1996, 2000; Cope & Kalantzis, 2000)) and knowledge processes within multiliteracies projects (Kalantzis & Cope, 2005) to analyse Jessie’s approach and its outcomes for her diverse student group. This examination highlights both the utility of Jessie’s ‘wide – but not vague’ approach and the robustness of the theorisation of multiliteracies for meeting the needs of this group of twenty-first century learners.

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ID Code: 12408
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Multiliteracies, diversity, African students, English as Additional Language students, designs for learning, New London Group
ISSN: 1833-4105
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Beryl E. Exley
Deposited On: 11 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:34

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