Private and professional lives, pedagogical work and situated learning: the multiliteracies of distance education

Harreveld, R. E. (Bobby) and Danaher, Patrick Alan (2004) Private and professional lives, pedagogical work and situated learning: the multiliteracies of distance education. Malaysian Journal of Distance Education, 6 (1). pp. 129-142. ISSN 1511-6433

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Abstract

This paper responds to, and synthesises selected aspects of, the preceding articles in this special theme issue of the Malaysian Journal of Distance Education focusing on multiliteracies (Cope & Kalantzis, 2000; New London Group, 1996) and their possible implications for new understandings of distance education in contemporary educational institutions and settings. We construct the response in terms of our identification of three crucial ideas with which we contend that designers, producers and consumers of distance education must connect: private and professional lives; pedagogical work; and situated learning. Based on our response to the preceding articles, centred on these three ideas, we essay a synthesis of selected aspects of the articles that enable us to address two key questions: “How are multiliteracies relevant to contemporary debates about teaching and learning?”; and “What are the implications of multiliteracies for new understandings of distance education in the Asia Pacific region in the early 21st century?”. We engage with those questions in terms of two dimensions: cultural and linguistic diversities; and new communication technologies. We argue that, just as the concept of multiliteracies is augmented and enriched by the theorising underpinning the articles in this issue, so too understandings of distance education are expanded and deepened by the judicious application of a multiliteracies framework, particularly one predicated on diversities and technologies in specific geopolitical contexts and on harnessing the productive potential of such diversities and technologies.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Patrick Danaher
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:53
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: distance education, mulitliteracies, pedagogical work, professional lives, private lives, situated learning, universities
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200103 International and Development Communication
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1893

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