May 4

An Extension of the Traditional Literacy Definition

Do new formats and delivery modes or multi-modal resources require users to have different literacy skills to make meaning or is this just an extension of the traditional literacy definition?

I think that the traditional elements of literacy – reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, understanding – encompass the skills required to make meaning of multi-modal resources. For example, students watching a video use viewing, reading and listening skills to make meaning from the video.

So, this is just an extension of the traditional literacy definition. I guess it might come to down to the students ability to transfer their literacy skills into new and different contexts, which are specified by different labels, for example, ‘information literacy’ or ‘music literacy’.

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Posted May 4, 2019 by murphda75 in category ETL401 Intro to Teacher Librarianship

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