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Designs Of Academic Literacy
     

Designs Of Academic Literacy

by Michael Newman
 

ISBN-10: 0897898370

ISBN-13: 9780897898379

Pub. Date: 03/30/2002

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

This qualitative multi-case study of academic literacy is the first research to assume the premises of the Multiliteracies Project of the New London Group of literacy researchers. It takes a multimodal view of literacy, not limited to reading and writing, and sets about to uncover the Design (the flexible structuring of rules and principles) that students and

Overview

This qualitative multi-case study of academic literacy is the first research to assume the premises of the Multiliteracies Project of the New London Group of literacy researchers. It takes a multimodal view of literacy, not limited to reading and writing, and sets about to uncover the Design (the flexible structuring of rules and principles) that students and teachers both follow and create in college courses. This Design takes the form of a game in which students channel content from sources, such as texts and lectures, to assessments of various kinds. Students are then rewarded in the form of grades to the extent that the content they display matches the criteria the professor sets up.

The students in this study had to determine which content would or would not match these criteria, which of six types of information (facts, concepts, connections, processes, principles, or metainformation, e.g., rhetorical patterns) were desired and how best to supply them. To move content from source to target they used four operations. These include exposure (making themselves conscious of the information), extraction (a process of selecting information), manipulation (changing or synthesizing information), and display (showing the information). Greater awareness of this Design led to greater success. Pedagogical implications of this model include establishing a more realistic curricula for academic literacy programs and educating professors to better match grading criteria with learning goals.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897898379
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/30/2002
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Orientation

Introduction

Where We Stand in the Field

Methods

The Worth of a Quarter

Classes

Awareness of Achievement Versus Learning

Types of Information

Operations on Information

Playing the Game

Final

Conclusions

References

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