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ERIC Number: EJ999575
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0741-0883
Composing "Kid-Friendly" Multimodal Text: When Conversations, Instruction, and Signs Come Together
Shanahan, Lynn E.
Written Communication, v30 n2 p194-227 Apr 2013
This interpretive case study investigated how a fifth-grade teacher's social practices with visual and linguistic signs positioned her students (10- and 11-year-olds) to take up particular modes as they constructed digital compositions. The context of the study was a suburban public school in the northeastern United States. Analysis was threefold. The discourse surrounding multimodal composition was analyzed via inductive analysis. Students' use of semiotic resources in the HyperStudio composition was analyzed with Unsworth's image-language intermodal framework. Then, teacher-student conversations related to visual and linguistic signs were triangulated with students' compositions. Findings show that a classroom teacher's limited content knowledge as related to metafunctions and metalanguage of visual and linguistic sign systems affected the information taught to the students and, ultimately, their use of visual and linguistic signs. Students demonstrated tacit knowledge of image-language relations beyond what was taught but lacked the explicit knowledge to more strategically use visual and linguistic signs. Implications include the importance of creating opportunities for teachers to develop more substantive content knowledge of the metalanguages and metafunctions of various sign systems. (Contains 3 tables and 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States