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Multimodality

  • By: Debra Harwood, Dane Marco DiCesare & Jennifer Rowsell
  • In: The SAGE Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning
  • Edited by: Kylie Peppler
  • Subject:Teaching Methods & Learning Styles (general), After School, Tutoring & Out-of-School Programs

Multimodality, as a field and concept, explains communication as a combination of modes of representation and expression within text designs (with the term text rendered loosely, referring to communicative acts beyond but including print or writing). In any instance, there are a multitude of modes that can be used, which can be visual (e.g., drawing, painting, photo making, and video), print (e.g., books, newspapers, magazines, and environmental print), gestural (e.g., miming, pointing, acting out), dramatic (e.g., role-playing, improvisation, formal acting), or oral (e.g., informal talk, public speaking). Researchers have seen a disconnect between the multimodal experiences children have at home and in their communities, and those they are first exposed to in kindergarten. Increasingly, children experience the joys of creating, collaborating, and conversing with ...

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