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MULTILITERACIES: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Future

Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis (eds).


Multiliteracies considers the future of literacy teaching in the context of the rapidly changing English language. Questions are raised about what constitutes appropriate literacy teaching in today's world: a world that is both a global village yet one in which local diversity is increasingly important.

This is a coherent and accessible overview of the work of the New London Group, with well-known international contributors bringing together their varying national experiences and differences of theoretical and political emphasis. The essays deal with issues such as:

  • the fundamental premises of literacy pedagogy
  • the effects of technological change
  • multilingualism and cultural diversity
  • social futures and their implications on language teaching

The book concludes with case studies of attempts to put the theories into practice and thereby provides a basis for dialogue with fellow educators around the world.

Contributors: David Bond, Courtney B. Cazden, Bill Cope, Norman Fairclough, James Paul Gee, Mary Kalantzis, Gunther Kress, Joseph Lo Bianco, Carmen Luke, Sarah Michaels, Martin Nakata, Denise Newfield, Richard Sohmer, Pippa Stein.

Bill Cope is Director of the Centre for Workplace Communication and Culture in Sydney. Mary Kalantzis is Dean of the Faculty of Education, Language and Community Services at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Together they have written and edited many books, including Productive Diversity (Pluto Press, 1997), The Powers of Literacy (Falmer Press, 1993) and Minority Languages and Dominant Culture (Falmer Press, 1988).

"This ia a unique effort, the effect of which is a very peruasive, coherent volume set within a well-thought out conceptual framework. The style is extremely readable."
Nancy Hornberger, University of Pennsylvania

 


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