Multiliteracies for a Digital Age (Studies in Writing and Rhetoric) / Edition 3

Multiliteracies for a Digital Age (Studies in Writing and Rhetoric) / Edition 3

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by Stuart Selber
     
 

Just as the majority of books about computer literacy deal more with technological issues than with literacy issues, most computer literacy programs overemphasize technical skills and fail to adequately prepare students for the writing and communications tasks in a technology-driven era. Multiliteracies for a Digital Age serves as a guide for composition

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Just as the majority of books about computer literacy deal more with technological issues than with literacy issues, most computer literacy programs overemphasize technical skills and fail to adequately prepare students for the writing and communications tasks in a technology-driven era. Multiliteracies for a Digital Age serves as a guide for composition teachers to develop effective, full-scale computer literacy programs that are also professionally responsible by emphasizing different kinds of literacies and proposing methods for helping students move among them in strategic ways.

Defining computer literacy as a domain of writing and communication, Stuart A. Selber addresses the questions that few other computer literacy texts consider: What should a computer literate student be able to do? What is required of literacy teachers to educate such a student? How can functional computer literacy fit within the values of teaching writing and communication as a profession? Reimagining functional literacy in ways that speak to teachers of writing and communication, he builds a framework for computer literacy instruction that blends functional, critical, and rhetorical concerns in the interest of social action and change.

Multiliteracies for a Digital Age reviews the extensive literature on computer literacy and critiques it from a humanistic perspective. This approach, which will remain useful as new versions of computer hardware and software inevitably replace old versions, helps to usher students into an understanding of the biases, belief systems, and politics inherent in technological contexts. Selber redefines rhetoric at the nexus of technology and literacy and argues that students should be prepared as authors of twenty-first-century texts that defy the established purview of English departments. The result is a rich portrait of the ideal multiliterate student in a digital age and a social approach to computer literacy envisioned with the requirements for systemic change in mind.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809325511
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2004
Series:
Studies in Writing and Rhetoric Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
620,986
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Stuart A. Selber is an assistant professor of English at The Pennsylvania State University. He is the editor of Computers and Technical Communication: Pedagogical and Programmatic Perspectives and the coeditor of Central Works in Technical Communication.

Table of Contents

Preface
1Reimagining Computer literacy1
2Functional Literacy: Computers as Tools, Students as Effective Users of Technology30
3Critical Literacy: Computers as Cultural Artifacts, Students as Informed Questioners of Technology74
4Rhetorical Literacy: Computers as Hypertextual Media, Students as Reflective Producers of Technology135
5Systemic Requirements for Change183
Epilogue234
Works Cited239
Index261

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