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Historical timelines : analyzing multimodal text design

Fox, Sonya J. & Exley, Beryl Elizabeth (2009) Historical timelines : analyzing multimodal text design. Social Studies Research and Practice Journal, 4(3), pp. 17-27.

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Abstract

The recent focus on literacy in Social Studies has been on linguistic design, particularly that related to the grammar of written and spoken text. When students are expected to produce complex hybridized genres such as timelines, a focus on the teaching and learning of linguistic design is necessary but not sufficient to complete the task. Theorizations of new literacies identify five interrelated meaning making designs for text deconstruction and reproduction: linguistic, spatial, visual, gestural, and audio design. Honing in on the complexity of timelines, this paper casts a lens on the linguistic, visual, spatial, and gestural designs of three pairs of primary school aged Social Studies learners. Drawing on a functional metalanguage, we analyze the linguistic, visual, spatial, and gestural designs of their work. We also offer suggestions of their effect, and from there consider the importance of explicit instruction in text design choices for this Social Studies task. We conclude the analysis by suggesting the foci of explicit instruction for future lessons.

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ID Code: 28952
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Full text published version saved to I: drive I:\Support_for_Research\ePrints\FULL TEXT-PDF
Keywords: timelines, visual literacy , social studies, linguistic design, grammar
ISSN: 1933-5415
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics Business and Management) (130205)
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 > 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 Social Studies Research and Practice Journal 2009
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2009 10:02
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2009 10:02

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