Environmental communications: pedagogies of responsibility and place

Barbara Comber, Jo-Anne Reid, Helen Nixon

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The work of primary-school teachers centres on the teaching of literacy across all forms and modes, and on extending the repertoires of literacy and communications practices available to students. Yet effective literacy and communications are always about something. Effective communication matters to the person who produces the text, whether it is spoken, written, graphic or multi-modal. Literacy teaching cannot, and we believe it should not, be a content-free zone. We know that there is great potential for students to expand their literate repertoires when they become deeply engaged in acquiring new knowledge about things that matter ' such as, for example, the health of the environment, its flora and fauna, and its sustainability into the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiteracies in place
Subtitle of host publicationteaching environmental communications
Place of PublicationNewtown, NSW
PublisherPrimary English Teaching Association
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)1875622683
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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