Pedagogies of Design and Multiliterate Learner Identities

By Radha Iyer.

Published by The Learner Collection

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In an era of multiliteracies, teaching and learning have become knowledge performances at multiple levels. Instead of a singular, linear focus upon print technologies, the techno-oriented philosophy of teaching aims at providing a rhizomatic network of texts where there is a close link between, and often an overlap of, different designs—linguistic, visual, spatial, and gestural—to construct the multiliterate learner. In this paper, I discuss the role of multimodal literacies in a primary classroom, affirming the role of multiliteracies and decentring the pre-dominance of linguistic at the cost of other designs. While the print media are acknowledged as significant to literacy, the multimodality of print is enhanced through visual and spatial design (Kenner, 2004). Through graphic examples of ICT applications of designs in a primary classroom, I demonstrate that students are operating through multitextual and digitextual (Everett, 2003) practices. What follows is
the complex positioning and re-situating of teacher and learner identities engaged in learning through the knowledge processes of experiencing, identifying, applying and critiquing concepts (Kalantzis & Cope, 2004). In particular, I argue that within the diversity of present day classrooms, the digital oriented, multiliterate learner is implicated in constant identity construction by drawing upon macro and micro social practices. I conclude by reiterating the significance of new technologies and new literacy practices as essential to the construction of new learner identities.

Keywords: Multiliteracies, Designs, Learner Identities, Social Practice

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 11, pp.25-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 866.601KB).

Dr Radha Iyer

LECTURER, THE SCHOOL OF CULTURAL AND LANGUAGE STUDIES IN EDUCATION,, FACULTY OF EDUCATION, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia

Radha Iyer teaches in The Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Her research interests include media literacy, critical literacy, multiliteracies and critical discourse analysis.

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