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ERIC Number: ED553829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 208
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3031-1196-9
Reaching Today's Writing Teacher: Multiliteracies Pedagogy in a National Writing Project Summer Institute
Blady, Shannon
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Texas at San Antonio
The meaning of literacy has drastically transformed over the past two decades, and it continues to evolve. Literacy extends beyond the traditional reading, writing, listening, and speaking. "Multiliteracies" was coined by the New London Group (1996) and includes digital literacy, new literacy, visual literacy, computer literacy, and cultural literacy with different teaching approaches (Ajayi, 2011). Reaching today's students means understanding these complexities and meeting their needs in a diverse, digital, globally-connected society. It is essential that teachers receive professional development that helps them to reach their students' literacy needs. This descriptive, qualitative study investigated how teachers learn about the components of mulitliteracies pedagogy in a local National Writing Project Summer Institute (NWPSI). The study found an increase in participants' confidence levels in various areas that fall under the purview of the New London Group's "A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies: Designing Social Futures" (1996). The qualitative findings describe the contextual factors of the NWPSI that contributed to these increased confidence levels. The site strongly works within Situated Practice, Overt Instruction, and Transformed Practice as themes of relevance, differentiation, choice, scaffolding, and modeling were prevalent. The participants also shared activities that integrated technology and allowed students to work in various modes. Some aspects of Critical Framing arose, but this could be an area that the site works to strengthen. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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