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Conceptual and contextual contradictions: How a group of primary school teachers negotiated professional learning in a multiliteracies book club

Gardiner, V. and Cumming-Potvin, W. (2015) Conceptual and contextual contradictions: How a group of primary school teachers negotiated professional learning in a multiliteracies book club. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 40 (7).

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Abstract

The need to diversify digital communications for a global twenty-first century has prompted many theorists to reimagine literacy teaching and learning. Although the new Australian curriculum acknowledges multimodality and multimodal texts, professional learning continues to privilege print-focused literacy. Utilizing a multiliteracies’ and community of practice framework, this study scaffolded seven primary school teachers in critical and collaborative professional learning. A case study explored the teachers’ evolving perspectives and knowledge work during monthly meetings in a multiliteracies book club. Drawing on a qualitative approach, this paper focuses on how the teachers, who were based in regional Western Australia, problematized conceptual and contextual issues. More broadly, the discussion highlights how the teachers perceived and (re)negotiated contradictory constructions of literacy and professional learning. Findings suggest that generating scaffolded spaces for-and-with teachers is important for innovation in professional literacy learning.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: School of Education, Edith Cowan University
Publishers Website: http://ro.ecu.edu.au/ajte/vol40/iss7/2/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/26690
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