We've been wastin' a whole million watchin' her doin' her shoes: Situated Practice within a Pedagogy of Multiliteracies

Mills, Kathy A. (2006) We've been wastin' a whole million watchin' her doin' her shoes: Situated Practice within a Pedagogy of Multiliteracies. The Australian Educational Researcher, 33(3), pp. 13-34.

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Communication in society today is characterised by rapidly changing and emergent forms of meaning-making in a context of increased cultural and linguistic diversity. The need to teach these new literacy practices referred to as multiliteracies, is now embedded within systemic policies in Australia. This research paper is a response to these imperatives, releasing key findings of a critical ethnographic study concerning interactions between pedagogy and access to multiliteracies among culturally and linguistically diverse learners. A salient finding was that situated practice was enacted as an isolated stage rather than occurring concurrently with overt instruction. This had significant connections to some learners’ inability to access new, multimodal, and digitally-mediated designs of meaning. More importantly, culturally and linguistically non-students who were not of the dominant culture were least served by the separation of overt instruction and situated practice. The article concludes with the recommendation that multimodal meaning-making requires an instructional model that involves both practice and instruction.

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ID Code: 6616
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Open Access journal.
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Keywords: multiliteracies, situated practice, pedagogy, cognitive, language learning, discourses, multimodal, critical ethnography, Indigenous Australian, diversity
DOI: 10.1007/BF03216840
ISSN: 0311-6999
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Australian Association for Research in Education
Copyright Statement: Reproduced with the permission of the publisher.
Deposited On: 28 Mar 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2015 21:57

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