[lg policy] Pedagogy of Multiliteracies: Rewriting Goldilocks

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 19 13:56:27 UTC 2011

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AILA Research Network on Language Policy
Dear fellow applied linguists - hot off the  press:

Pedagogy of Multiliteracies: Rewriting Goldilocks
Heather Lotherington

I entered Joyce Public School over a decade ago, asking myself, how we
could do a better job of including the languages of the linguistically
diverse population attending this urban school, so typical of
education in this world of rapid human movement. We have been
experimenting over the course of the first decade of the 21st century
and though there is still a long way to go, I think we have made
significant progress into inclusive language education. Here's the
publisher's (Routledge) blurb & TOC:

Based on case studies from public schools in Toronto, Canada, this
book chronicles an inspiring five-year journey to develop thinking
about and teaching literacy for the 21st century. The research, which
was classroom-based and developed by public school teachers in
collaboration with university researchers, was stimulated by an
ethnographic study at Joyce Public School to track children learning
to read in an era of multiliteracies.

Following the kindergarteners’ interest in Goldilocks and the Three
Bears, Lotherington asked the principal: What would Goldilocks look
like, retold through the eyes of the children? The resulting classroom
experiment to transform learning to read a storybook into multimodal
collaborative story-telling sparked the development of an award-
winning school-university learning community dedicated to the
development of multimodal literacies in the culturally diverse, urban

Pedagogy of Multiliteracies tells the evolving story of teachers’
trial-and-error interventions to engage children in multiple modes of
expression involving structured play with contemporary media. Using
the complex texts created, the teachers carve spaces to welcome the
voices of children and the languages of the community into the English-
medium classroom.

Table of Contents

1. In Pursuit of a Pedagogy of Multiliteracies
2. Competing Visions of Language and Literacy Education: Theory,
Policy and New Directions for Practice 3. Rewriting Goldilocks and the
Three Bears
4. Goldilocks Revisited: Telling Old Stories in New Ways
5. Genre-Bending: Transcoding Narratives
6. Creating Dialogic Spaces for Learning
7. Multimodality, Language Inclusion, and Third Space
8. Towards an Emergent Pedagogy of Multiliteracies

July 2011 | 214 pages | Paperback: 978-0-415-88710-6 | $125.00 $100.00
with discount code ERJ60


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com


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