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Encyclopedia of diversity in education (2012)
  • Meg L. Gebhard, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • Denise Ives

Multiliteracies is a term coined by scholars who met to reconceptualize literacy and literacy pedagogy in the mid1990s in New London, New Hampshire. This group, called the New London Group (NLG), convened to respond to changing communication technologies, issues of power, and the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity in a globalized world. As a result, they wrote an influential article that argues for pedagogy that centers on supporting learners in using multiple languages and modes of meaningmaking as available designs in constructing and interpreting multimodal texts and as a way of negotiating multiple identities and power dynamics in a rapidly changing world. This entry provides an explanation of the terms multiliteracies and available design. Next, it describes pedagogical practices based on these terms. It concludes with a discussion of how the NLG's contribution has been critiqued and developed by others.

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J. Banks
Sage Publications
Citation Information
Meg L. Gebhard and Denise Ives. "Multiliteracies" Thousand OaksEncyclopedia of diversity in education (2012)
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