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Shrek meets Vygotsky : rethinking adolescents' multimodal literacy practices in schools

Mills, Kathy A. (2010) Shrek meets Vygotsky : rethinking adolescents' multimodal literacy practices in schools. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 54(1), pp. 35-41.

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Abstract

Recent research has emphasized the multimodal and digital nature of adolescent literacy practices. These practices cross multiple social spaces, particularly settings outside of schools. This article re-examines current research to yield three caveats that counter assumptions about the pervasiveness, relevance, and spontaneity of youths’ multimodal practices in the digital communications environment: 1. It is incorrect to assume that today’s adolescents are all “digital natives”; 2. Engaging adolescents in multimodal textual practices must involve more than conforming the curriculum to their interests and practices, extending students’ repertoire of skills and genres; and 3. While some new multimodal practices are taken up by adolescents with minimal instruction in informal contexts, greater emphasis should be placed on expert scaffolding of these literacies in school settings.

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ID Code: 32981
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: literacy, learning , adolescent , scaffolding, multimodal
DOI: 10.1598/JAAL.54.1.4
ISSN: 1081-3004
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 International Reading Association
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2010 09:11
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:19

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