Indigenous ways with literacies: Transgenerational, multimodal, placed, and collective

Mills, Kathy A., Davis-Warra, John, Sewell, Marlene, & Anderson, Mikayla (2016) Indigenous ways with literacies: Transgenerational, multimodal, placed, and collective. Language and Education, 30(1), pp. 1-21.

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This research describes some of the salient features of Indigenous ways of working with multimodal literacies in digital contexts of use that emerged within an Indigenous school community with the oversight of Aboriginal Elders. This is significant because the use of multimodal literacy practices among a growing number of Indigenous school community groups has not been an emphasis of multimodal literacy research to date. Furthermore, authentic examples of Indigenous multimodal texts are often difficult to locate within Euro-centric educational systems of postcolonial countries. The research was conducted over a full year with students from middle and upper primary (aged 8.5–12.5 years) in an Indigenous Independent school in South-East Queensland, Australia. The project applied participatory research methods in which the research agenda was negotiated with the cultural community. Indigenous ways of multimodal literacy practices emerged as transgenerational, multimodal, placed, and collective. The findings have implications for teachers and researchers to re-envisage Indigenous ways of multimodal literacy practices in the digital age.

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ID Code: 86135
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: indigenous literacy, dreamtime, multimodal literacy, place and literacy, transgenerational, digital storytelling
DOI: 10.1080/09500782.2015.1069836
ISSN: 1747-7581
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 03 Aug 2015 03:47
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2016 21:55

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