New literacies: changing knowledge and classroom learning

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Open University Press, 2003 - Education - 223 pages
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"Lankshear and Knobel's New Literacies: Changing Knowledge and Classroom Learning is a savvy and principled analysis of emerging socio-cultural conditions of digitization, the best take to date on education, Post-Lyotard." - Suzanne de Castell, Professor, Literacy and New Media Studies, Simon Fraser University "An intriguing book which argues why the use of new media is transforming ways of knowing and making meaning in the digital age. Essential reading for anyone who cares about literacy education." - Associate Professor Ilana Snyder, Monash University "A good book opens a window onto new vistas; an excellent one, on the other hand, pulls readers through the opening and beyond, inviting critical dialogue at every turn. New Literacies belongs in the excellent catagory." - Donna Alvermann, University of GeorgiaLiteracy education continues to be dominated by a mindset that has passed its use-by date. Education has failed to take account of how much the world has changed during the information technology revolution. It proceeds as though the world is the same as before - just somewhat more technologised. This is the hallmark of an 'outsider' mindset. In fact, qualitatively new literacies and new kinds of knowledge associated with digitally saturated social practices abound. 'Insiders' understand this, 'outsiders' do not. Yet 'outsider' perspectives still dominate educational directions. Meanwhile, student 'insiders' endure learning experiences that mystify, bemuse, alienate and miseducate them. This book describes new social practices and new literacies, along with kinds of knowledge associated with them. It shows what is at stake between 'outsider' and 'insider' mindsets, argues that education requires a shift in mindset, and suggests how and where pursuit of progressive change might begin.

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Colin Lankshear is currently a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Ballarat, and a freelance education researcher and writer based in Mexico. Formerly a Professor of Education and research coordinator, he was a Heritage Fellow of the Mexican Council for Science and Technology during 1999-2001. His recent books include Teachers and Technoliteracy (with Ilana Snyder), Boys, Literacy and Schooling (with Leonie Rowan, Michele Knobel and Chris Bigum), and the forthcoming Handbook of Teacher Research (with Michele Knobel).

Michele Knobel is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Central Queensland University, and is currently working within the Department of Education at the University of California, Irvine. She is also a freelance education researcher and writer based principally in Mexico. Her recent books include Social Spaces/Cyber Spaces (with Ivor Goodson, Colin Lankshear and Marshall Mangan), Maneras de Ver: El Analisis de Datos en Investigacion Cualitativa and El Estudio Critico-Social del Lenguaje y la Alfabetizacion (both with Colin Lankshear).

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