A multiliteracies project in the middle school : Parents as coteachers

Willis, Linda-Dianne (2009) A multiliteracies project in the middle school : Parents as coteachers. In 2009 AATE/ALEA National Conference : Bridging Divides: ensuring access, equity and quality in literacy and English education, 9-12 July 2009, Wrest Point Conference Centre, Hobart.

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This paper examines the experiences of one middle years’ English and Studies of Society and Environment (SoSE) teacher who adopted a multiliteracies project-based orientation to a unit on War and Refugees. It details the multiliteracies teaching and learning cycle, which is based on four non-hierarchical, pedagogical orientations: situated practice, overt instruction, critical framing and transformed practice (New London Group, 2000; Kalantzis & Cope, 2005a). Following the work of Kalantzis and Cope (2005a), it draws out the knowledge processes exacted in each of these four phases: experiencing the known and the new; conceptualising by naming and theorising; analysing functionally and critically; and, applying appropriately and creatively. Two parents were invited to enter the study as coteachers with the teacher and researcher. Using Bourdieu’s (1992) construct of capital, the findings report on how the multiliteracies approach enabled them to engage in school-based literacy practices differently than they had done previously in classrooms. An unexpected finding concerns the teacher’s altered view about how his role and status were perceived by the parents.

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ID Code: 26100
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: multiliteracies, coteaching, parents, middle school, cultural capital
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)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 (please consult authors)
Deposited On: 06 Jul 2009 01:06
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2013 00:37

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