Book Launch: Multimodal Approaches to Research and Pedagogy

Congratulations to Arlene Archer and Denise Newfield on the publication of their edited book “Multimodal Approaches to Research and Pedagogy: Recognition, Resources, and Access”

The book can be purchased from Routledge at http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415716734/.

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An exciting and much needed contribution to the field of multimodality, brining a social justice agenda to curriculum and policy – transformative work, richly informative and hugely important.

Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield, UK

This book brings together social semiotics, cultural studies, multiliteracies, and other approaches in order to theorize very different learning environments, giving visibility to the modal effect in a range of disciplines. It highlights the ideological nature of discursive practices, examines questions of access, and argues for transformation of these practices, with a constant eye on issues of social justice and equity. Contributors argue that we can harness learners’ representational resources through making these resources visible, and creating less regulated spaces in the curriculum in which they can be used. Examples from primary education through to adult continuing education are used throughout the text.

Content:

Preface …………………………………………………………………………….Carey Jewitt

Chapter 1: Challenges and Opportunities of Multimodal Approaches to Education in South Africa ………………..……………………………Arlene Archer and Denise Newfield

Part I: Recognising Resources: Multimodal Texts and Practices

Chapter 2: “The Pen Talks My Story”: South African Children’s Multimodal Storytelling as Artistic Practice……………………………………………Susan Harrop-Allin

Chapter 3: Resources, Representation and Regulation in Civil Engineering Drawing: An Autoethnographic Perspective…………………………………..Zach Simpson

Chapter 4: Arguing Art………………………………………..Joni Brenner and Arlene Archer

Chapter 5: Teaching Visual Narratives Using a Social Semiotic Framework: The Case of Manga ………………………………………………………………………Cheng-Wen Huang

Chapter 6: Students’ Mindmaps of the Role of Technology in Academic and Social Communication Networks ………………………….Cheryl Brown and Laura Czerniewicz

Chapter 7: Mobile Literacies: Messaging, txt and Social Media in the m4Lit Project ………………………………………………………………………………………Marion Walton

Part II: Redesigning Resources: Multimodal Pedagogies and Access

Chapter 8: Design: The Rhetorical Work of Shaping the Semiotic World …………………………………………………………………………..Gunther Kress

Chapter 9: Multimodality and Medicine: Designing for Social Futures ……………………………………………………… Rachel Weiss

Chapter 10: An Aesthetic Language for Teaching and Learning: Multimodality and Contemporary Art Practice ……………………………………………………David Andrew

Chapter 11. Jewellery Students as Designers of Meaning: A Multimodal Approach to Semiotic Resources ……………………………………………………………Safia Salaam

Chapter 12. Designing Assessment of Multimodal Representations of Themes from ‘Pleasure Reading’ ………………………………………………………………Yvonne Reed

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