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Multiliteracies Introduction

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    • What is the mission of education
      • Your thoughts….
    • What is the mission of education
      • According to the New London Group it is to “ensure that all students benefit from learning in ways that allow them to participate fully in public, community and economic life.
    • The role of literacy pedagogy
      • The NLG believes that we should extend the idea and scope literacy pedagogy to include cultural and linguistic diversity .
      • Literacy pedagogy must take into account the rapidly growing numbers and types of texts and genres .
      • So that all learners may participate in our schools and society.
    • A definition of multiliteracies
      • The term attempts to capture the NLG’s two arguments
      • First, the “multiplicity of communications channels”
      • Second, the “increasing saliency of cultural and linguistic diversity”
      • Also, it is an attempt to capture the reality of increasing local diversity and global connectedness (the world is flatter)
      • What does it mean to you?
    • Changing times
      • Changing working lives
      • Changing public lives
      • Changing private lives
    • Changing working lives
      • How has your working life changed?
    • Changing working lives
      • Dramatic global economic change (globalization)
      • The rise of the information economy (PostFordism or fast capitalism)
      • Greater emphasis on collaboration and multiskilled and highly skilled workers
      • But, unrestrained markets in which corporations make decisions based almost exclusively on profits
      • A view of literacy that equips workers with little emphasis on meaningful success for all
    • Changing public lives
      • How have you seen public life change?
    • Changing public lives
      • The diminishment of the welfare state and a decrease in the importance of public spaces that escalated after the end of the Cold War (a point that we will address in The World is Flat )
      • An emphasis on markets over community and civic space
      • Schooling and literacy teaching in the old order were focused on creating a unified language, a national language. In an age of diversity the NLG suggests civic pluralism take its place—a value for the many diverse cultures and languages.
    • Changing private lives
      • How have you seen your private life change?
    • Changing private lives
      • We are entering a time of greater emphasis on subcultural differences (identity and affiliation)
      • Gender, ethnicity, generation, sexual orientation to name a few
      • New technologies have created a space for multiple spaces for these subcultural discourses (cable tv, the internet, to name two)
      • But also an invasion of these spaces by mass media culture and global commodity culture
      • Private lives are becoming more public (social networking, blogs, electronic monitoring)
    • Making space for lifeworlds
      • The challenge, according to the NLG, is to make space so that different lifeworlds (spaces for community life where local and specific meanings can be made) can flourish
      • We are members of multiple lifeworlds
      • Space for all members of society (all subcultures) to find their voices.
      • Current and emerging technologies have the capacity to accomplish this
    • Designing Social Futures Changing Realities Designing Social Futures Working lives Fast Capitalism/PostFordism Productive diversity Public Lives Decline of public pluralism Civic pluralism Private Lives Pluralism and invasion of space Multilayered lifeworlds
    • What does this mean for schools?
      • What will count for success in the world of the near future?
      • How do we transform incrementally the achievable outcomes of schooling?
      • How do we supplement what schools already do?
      • “ We cannot remake the world through schooling, but we can instantiate a vision through pedagogy that creates in microcosm a transformed set of relationships and possibilities for social futures, a vision that is lived in schools” (p. 11).
    • The “What” of Multiliteracies
      • Designs of meaning—learning and productivity are the results of the designs of complex systems of people, environments, technology, beliefs and texts.
        • Available designs
        • Designing
        • The redesigned
    • Available Designs
      • Are the resources for design
      • The semiotic systems including language, images, photos, sounds, etc.
      • The available tools for design
    • Designing
      • The process of shaping new meaning
      • The transformation, reinterpretation, or recontextualization of available designs into new and emerging designs
      • Reading, seeing, listening are examples of designing
    • The Redesigned
      • New meaning (not a reproduction), a new design that becomes a new available design