Offering an overview of the major fields in literacy studies, this book presents a detailed and accessible discussion of key theories and their relevance in the primary classroom.
Each chapter uses a real life case study to explore the application of theory in practice, followed by a detailed discussion of the case study material by a leading name in the field, including contributions from Barbara Comber, Michele Knobel, Colin Lankshear, Gunther Kress, Brian Street, Kevin Leander and Patricia Enciso.
The text also offers reflections on theoretical foundations for research, exploring literacy as a practice grounded in social, cultural, historical and political contexts and in relationships of power.
This second edition includes: New chapters covering digital literacy, space and play, and multimodality; Examples and contributions from a range of international contexts, including US, UK, Canada, Australia and South Africa; Further reading links.
Essential reading for students at undergraduate and post-graduate level on primary education courses and an invaluable guide for anyone wanting to understand literacy theory and successfully apply this to the classroom.
Chapter 5: Multimodality and Artifactual Literacies
Multimodality and Artifactual Literacies
This chapter considers two related areas, multimodality and artifactual literacies. Multimodal approaches to the study of communication have had a highly significant impact on the learning and teaching of literacy in recent years and in the first part of the chapter, we examine the key tenets of this approach and explore some of the concepts that inform an understanding of multimodality as it is used in the field of language and communication studies. In the second section, the way in which Kate Pahl and Jennifer Rowsell have drawn upon work on multimodality in their development of an artifactual literacies approach is considered. They combine multimodality with a material cultures approach in developing an understanding of the place of ...