Researching multimodal texts: Applying a dynamic model

Susan Clancy, Thomas Lowrie

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The arrival of the digital age requires new approaches to understand the literacies used in making meanings from multimodal communications and a rethinking of the ways in which research into these areas can be used to support learners in the 21st century. This presentation examines the range of literacies children have developed and used to make meanings when engaged with pop-culture multimodel texts. The study encouraged children to share their experiences about texts that are generally marginalised within the traditional school culture, but that are part of children's everyday experiences. The Pokemon phenomena was used as the focus for investigation in this particular study. A model based on the multiliteracy elements identified by Cope and Kalantzis has been developed to show the specific ways children use these elements to construct meanings across multimodal texts. This work has profound implications for educators who want to support children in their development of literacy abilities for life in contempory society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProblematic futures
Subtitle of host publicationeducational research in an era of uncertainty. Australian Association for Research in Education Conference
EditorsW. Shilton, R. Jeffery
Place of PublicationVictoria, Australia
PublisherProfessional Resources Services
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2002
EventAustralian Association for Research in Education Conference: AARE 2004 - Brisbane, Australia, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 01 Dec 200205 Dec 2002


ConferenceAustralian Association for Research in Education Conference


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