‘Strangely Familiar’: Teacher - Researchers Rethinking Literacy Pedagogies in Digital Environments

By Kirsten Hutchison, Anne Cloonan and Louise Paatsch.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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This article reports on a collaborative project between middle school teachers and university researchers exploring the impact of a one to one netbook program on literacy teaching and learning at one Australian primary school. Following the traditions of ethnographic classroom research and practitioner research in literacy (Comber & Kamler, 2005; Cochran Smith & Lyttle, 2009; Heath & Street, 2008; Rowsell, 2012) we describe and analyse the evolution of teacher knowledge and understandings informing the processes of reshaping print based literacy pedagogies and practices within digital learning environments. The study sought to explore the possibilities of one-to-one computing through an investigation of the affordances of digital literacy pedagogies within an open plan learning environment. We focus on the richness of ethnographic tools, in particular visual ethnographic methods, for ‘making the familiar strange’ and identify contexts supporting the emergence of innovative digital literacy pedagogies and powerful professional learning in primary classrooms. Drawing on surveys, interviews and conversations with teachers and students and classroom observations, we suggest that dialogues between teachers and researchers provide a forum for co-construction of insights into innovative digital literacy pedagogies and offer rich learning opportunities for students, teachers and researchers.

Keywords: New Literacies, Pedagogies, Learner Agency

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 23, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.11-29. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: October 23, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.241MB)).

Dr. Kirsten Hutchison

Lecturer, School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Anne Cloonan

Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Louise Paatsch

Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia