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ERIC Number: EJ1031272
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1533-242X
It's NOT New; It's NOT Different: The Psycholinguistics of Digital Literacy
Horning, Alice S.
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, v14 n1 p1-15 Apr 2014
Teachers of reading and writing have been getting a lot of criticism recently, mostly derived from studies showing that students and the population at large lack essential literacy skills to be successful. The move to multimodal literacy only complicates the problems already present. While some new skills are needed in order to engage in successful multimodal composing, for website design or other activities on the web, students must first be prepared with the critical foundational literacy that derives from working with printed texts. By examining the underlying psycholinguistic processing abilities and text features people need for effective web literacy, the consistencies between these two sites of literacy emerge. The commonalities suggest that multimodal composing must rely on print-based skills. After defining and connecting critical and multimodal literacy to the foundational literacy of print, this discussion, though focused on reading, explores the ways that readers respond to both print and digital texts with direct implications for composing. A brief look at three different websites will demonstrate that the psycholinguistic processing abilities and the distinctive features of texts that make literacy possible.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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