Spatial literacies, design texts and emergent pedagogies in purposeful literacy curriculum

Comber, Barbara & Nixon, Helen (2008) Spatial literacies, design texts and emergent pedagogies in purposeful literacy curriculum. Pedagogies : An International Journal, 3(4), pp. 221-240.

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There has recently been an emphasis within literacy studies on both the spatial dimensions of social practices (Leander & Sheehy, 2004) and the importance of incorporating design and multiple modes of meaning-making into contemporary understandings of literacy (Cope & Kalantzis, 2000; New London Group, 1996). Kress (2003) in particular has outlined the potential implications of the cultural shift from the dominance of writing, based on a logic of time and sequence in time, to the dominance of the mode of the image, based on a logic of space. However, the widespread re-design of curriculum and pedagogy by classroom teachers to allow students to capitalise on the various affordances of different modes of meaning-making – including the spatial – remains in an emergent stage. We report on a project in which university researchers’ expertise in architecture, literacy and communications enabled two teachers in one school to expand the forms of literacy that primary school children engaged in. Starting from the school community’s concerns about an urban renewal project in their neighbourhood, we worked together to develop a curriculum of spatial literacies with real-world goals and outcomes.

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ID Code: 41433
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Keywords: Literacy, Spatial Dimensions, Urban Renewal, Multimodal literacy
DOI: 10.1080/15544800802026637
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
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 2008 Routledge, Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 03 May 2011 23:20
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 01:37

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