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What happened to the education revolution? : new media technologies and the Australian curriculum : constraints and possibilities

Jetnikoff, Anita (2011) What happened to the education revolution? : new media technologies and the Australian curriculum : constraints and possibilities. In Brenton Doecke, Brenton & Graham Parr, Graham (Eds.) Creating an Australian Curriculum for English : National Agendas, Local Contexts. Phoenix Education, Putney, NSW.

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    Abstract

    This chapter investigates the place of new media in Queensland in the light of the Australian curriculum. ‘Multimodal texts’ in English are being defined as largely electronically ‘created’ and yet restricted access to digital resources at the chalkface may preclude this work from happening. The myth of the ‘digital native’ (Prensky, 2007), combined with the reality of the ‘digital divide’ coupled with technophobia amongst some quite experienced teachers, responsible for implementing the curriculum, paints a picture of constraints. These constraints are due in part to protective state bans in Queensland on social networking sites and school bans on mobile phone use. Some ‘Generation next’ will have access to digital platforms for the purpose of designing texts at home and school, and others will not. Yet without adequate Professional Development for teachers and substantially increased ICT infrastructure funding for all schools, the way new media and multimodal opportunities are interpreted at state level in the curriculum may leave much to be desired in schools. This chapter draws on research that I recently conducted on the professional development needs of beginning teachers, as well as a critical reading of the ACARA policy documents.

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    ID Code: 47042
    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Additional Information: This chapter was refereed by two academic readers
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    Keywords: Australian Curriculum, English Curriculum and the Australian curriculum, Multimodality and new media, English teaching and technology, National curriculum and English, HERN
    ISBN: 9781921586538
    Subjects: 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
    Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
    Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Phoenix Education.
    Deposited On: 21 Nov 2011 12:31
    Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 00:15

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