Refocusing multiliteracies for the Net Generation

Huijser, Hendrik (2006) Refocusing multiliteracies for the Net Generation. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 2 (1). pp. 21-33. ISSN 1833-4105

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This paper questions assumptions which underlie two influential concepts associated with new directions in tertiary pedagogies. One of these concepts (the Net Generation) is an attempt to pin down a series of characteristics of a new generation of students arriving at universities with different skills and knowledge sets from previous generations. The other concept (multiliteracies) attempts to design a pedagogy which equips students for the demands of a rapidly changing world. Combining these two concepts raises some important questions. Although multiliteracies is essentially a philosophy of teaching and learning, much of the writing on multiliteracies implies that it is something that should be taught, which in turn assumes that students do not already have multimodal abilities when they arrive in our university classrooms. However, one of the central characteristics to come out of the research on the Net Generation identifies precisely that: a highly developed ability to negotiate among different modes of communication, and a fluency in imagerich environments, rather than a text-only environment. But this raises the question: do fluency and speed in reading images (or text) equal the ability to evaluate those images critically? This paper explores these questions and makes some suggestions for future directions.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright. The university section to which the author belongs is LTSU (Learning and Teaching Support Unit). The reference in the list is still to OPACS, which does not exist anymore.
Depositing User: Dr Hendrik Huijser
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:36
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: multiliteracies, Net Generation
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing

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