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Multimodality, Meaning, and Data Analysis

Multimodality, Meaning, and Data Analysis

Multimodality, Meaning, and Data Analysis
Mark Evan Nelson


In this chapter I consider the general relevance and importance of ‘multimodality’ to the analysis of data in educational research. Multimodality, as the term is used here, refers to aspects and instances of representation and communication that feature ‘the simultaneous, sequential, or comparative presentation of two or more means by which meanings may be conveyed’ (Nelson, 2012, p. 1). In education-related domains, these means are typically called ‘semiotic modes', or simply ‘modes', commonly classified according to the following basic types (New London Group, 1996): linguistic (for example, printed text); visual (for example, photographs); audio (for example, instrumental music); gestural (for example, hand signals); and spatial (for example, ...

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