Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures

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Bill Cope, Mary Kalantzis
Routledge, 2000 - Education - 350 pages

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 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 cultual 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.

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About the author (2000)

Bill Cope is Research Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois.

Mary Kalantzis is Dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois.

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