A case study of teaching English and multimodality with ICTs: Constraints and possibilities

Jetnikoff, Anita (2015) A case study of teaching English and multimodality with ICTs: Constraints and possibilities. English in Australia, 50(2), pp. 41-51.


Current Australian policies and curricular frameworks demand that teachers and students use technology creatively and meaningfully in classrooms to develop students into 21C technological citizens. English teachers and students also have to learn new metalanguage around visual grammar since multimodal tasks often combine creative with critical General Capabilities (GC) with that of the of ICTs and literacy in the Australian Curriculum: English (AC:E). Both teachers and learners come to these tasks with varying degrees of techno-literacy, skills and access to technologies. This paper reports on case-study research following a technology based collaborative professional development (PD) program between a university Lecturer facilitator and English Teachers in a secondary Catholic school. The study found that the possibilities for creative and critical engagement are rich, but there are real grounded constraints such as lack of time, impeding teachers’ ability to master and teach new technologies in classrooms. Furthermore, pedagogical approaches are affected by technical skill levels and school infrastructure concerns which can militate against effective use of ICTs in school settings. The research project was funded by the Brisbane Catholic Education Office and focused on how teachers can be supported in these endeavours in educational contexts as they prepare students of English to be creative global citizens who use technology creatively.

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ID Code: 89397
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: ICTs in English, Creative and critical engagement with technology, Australian Curriculum: English, ICTS and pedagogy, multimodality
ISSN: 0155-2147
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
  • BCEO/130050-0501/53
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The author
Deposited On: 23 Oct 2015 00:06
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2015 12:04

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