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Making sense of an everyday science text : linguistic, visual and spatial design

Minchenton, Dale & Exley, Beryl (2009) Making sense of an everyday science text : linguistic, visual and spatial design. In Moult, Annette (Ed.) Bridging Divides: National Conference for Teachers of English and Literacy,, 9-12 July, 2009, Wrest Point Conference Centre, Hobart, Tasmania.

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Abstract

In this article, we take a close look at the literacy demands of one task from the ‘Marvellous Micro-organisms Stage 3 Life and Living’ Primary Connections unit (Australian Academy of Science, 2005). One lesson from the unit, ‘Exploring Bread’, (pp 4-8) asks students to ‘use bread labels to locate ingredient information and synthesise understanding of bread ingredients’. We draw upon a framework offered by the New London Group (2000), that of linguistic, visual and spatial design, to consider in more detail three bread wrappers and from there the complex literacies that students need to interrelate to undertake the required task. Our findings are that although bread wrappers are an example of an everyday science text, their linguistic, visual and spatial designs and their interrelationship are not trivial. We conclude by reinforcing the need for teachers of science to also consider how the complex design elements of everyday science texts and their interrelated literacies are made visible through instructional practice.

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ID Code: 25942
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: An open access copy of this article can be accessed from the conference website. See Official URL above.
Keywords: scientific literacies, visual literacies, visual design, linguistic design, spatial design, bread wrappers
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
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 2009 the authors
Deposited On: 26 Jun 2009 09:26
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:51

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