Review of B. Burnett, D. Meadmore & G. Tait (Eds) (2004) ‘Contemporary Questions’. Pearson Education, Australia: Sydney.

Exley, Beryl E. (2006) Review of B. Burnett, D. Meadmore & G. Tait (Eds) (2004) ‘Contemporary Questions’. Pearson Education, Australia: Sydney. . (Unpublished)


Literacy & Education: Understanding the New Literacy Studies in the Classroom (Pahl & Rowsell, 2005) advances an approach to multiliteracies education that has application from the middle years of schooling. Pahl & Rowsell add to the call for teachers & curriculum planners to build programs around local & individual difference as opposed to a standardized, one-size-fits-all approach. The authors argue that commonplace autonomous models of literacy dictate terms for the reader, whereas in an ideological model of literacy the reader & the context dictate the terms of how a text is read & understood. ‘Such a shift in thinking gives more power to the reader & the context as carriers of their own meanings, discourses & ideologies (Pahl & Rowsell, 2005, p. 79). As Jim Cummins (2005, p. 151) summarises in the afterwords, Pahl & Rowsell provide a radically different image of the literacy student, an image that is intelligent, imaginative & linguistically talented. This text also outlines pedagogies & strategies for building on students’ individual cultural & linguistic capital, promoting cognitive engagement & identity investment where students are able to employ a range of technical tools to be constructors & researchers of knowledge. As Allan Luke argues in the foreword, such provision is essential if we are to abide by our commitment to literacy as a means of social transformation.

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ID Code: 4483
Item Type: Review
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Submitted to ‘Literacy Learning: The Middle Years’ for publication
Keywords: literacy education, literacy as social practice, multiliteracies, critical literacies
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 16 Jun 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 05:48

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