Multiliteracies and a Metalanguage for the Moving Image: Multimodal Analysis of a Claymation Movie
Mills, Kathy A. (2008) Multiliteracies and a Metalanguage for the Moving Image: Multimodal Analysis of a Claymation Movie. In AARE 2008 International Educational Research Conference Website, Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.
Globalised communication in society today is characterised by multimodal forms of meaning making in a context of increased cultural and linguistic diversity, calling for the teaching of multiliteracies. This transformation requires the development of a new metalanguage or language of description for the burgeoning and hybridised variety of text forms associated with information and multimedia technologies. To continue to teach to a narrow band of print-based genres, grammars, and skills is to ignore the reality of textual practices outside of schools. This paper draws from classroom research in a multiliteracies classroom to provide a multimodal analysis of a claymation movie. The significance of the paper is the synthesis of a multimodal metalanguage for teachers and students to describe the features of work in the kineikonic (moving image) mode.
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