Six years since the First Edition of Literacy and Education, the ways we think about literacy have changed. The book continues to be an accessible guide to current theory on literacy with practical applications in the classroom, but has a new focus on the ecologies of literacy, and on participatory and visual ways of researching literacy.

The new edition examines; New Literacy Studies; Material culture and literacy; Digital literacies; The ecological, place-based approaches to literacy education; Timescales and identities; Ways in which research has moved on to inform literacy education

Classroom teachers, teacher trainers and students of literacy will find this a user-friendly guide to new theory in literacy education, clearly demonstrating how to implement this theory in the classroom in a way that is inclusive and listens to the students of today.

Multimodal Literacies: New Ways of Reading and Writing

Multimodal literacies: New ways of reading and writing

Figure 2.1 Dionne's Manga character

A Meaning Maker Represents Her World Multimodally

Dionne and her friend Bonni have been making scrapbooks to represent their home literacy practices. This was as part of a project called ‘Writing in the Home and in the Street’. One day, I (Kate) came into the library where we met weekly to discuss the girls’ scrapbooks and review the images. Dionne showed me a new page of her book. She had been documenting her home writing practices in different ways. She had pasted in bus tickets to represent her home/school journeys. She also had been representing her online and offline literacy practices. She did this by cutting ...

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