“Freer than we Feel” : Applying the Critical Dimension of Consciousness to Children’s Multimodal Encoding

Mills, Kathy A. (2013) “Freer than we Feel” : Applying the Critical Dimension of Consciousness to Children’s Multimodal Encoding. In AATE/ALEA National Conference 2013 : National Conference Brave New World, 4-7 July, 2013, Brisbane, Qld.

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Reports of children and teachers taking transformative social action in schools are becoming rare. This session illustrates how teachers, while feeling the weight of accountability testing in schools, are active agents who can re-imagine literacy pedagogy to change elements of their community. It reports the critical dimensions of a movie-making unit with Year 5 students within a school reform project. The students filmed interviews with people in the local shops to gather lay-knowledge and experiences of the community. The short documentaries challenged stereotypes about what it is like to live in Logan, and critically identified potential improvements to public spaces in the local community. A student panel presented these multimodal texts at a national conference of social activists and community leaders. The report does not valorize or privilege local or lay knowledge over dominant knowledge, but argues that prescribed curriculum should not hinder the capacity for critical consciousness.

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ID Code: 61316
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: literacy , knowledge, Freire, curriculum, film, movie , video, multimodal, critical, consciousness, English
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 (please consult the author).
Deposited On: 12 Jul 2013 01:16
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2016 01:53

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