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Thinking Through New Literacies for Primary and Early Years



June 2013 | 208 pages | Learning Matters
Thinking Through New Literacies for Primary and Early Years is an accessible text that encourages readers to consider deeply what is meant by 'literacy' today. It explores the many different ways in which teachers and children develop their own literacy. Specifically written for education students in the later years of their course, the text draws on research and practice to explore the challenges and opportunities involved, while helping to develop the reader's own critical thinking skills.

The book begins by asking 'what's new about new literacies?' and goes on to explore some technological innovations designed to support the emergent reader and writer. It considers verbal literacy, speaking and listening, and visual literacy. Readers are encourages to think through the issues surrounding inclusion and the legal and ethical issues raised by this post-typographic age. Throughout, practical guidance runs alongside structured critical thinking exercises to help the reader reflect on both theory and practice. 

About the Thinking Through Education Series
Thinking Through Education is a series of texts designed and written specifically for those education students entering the second or final phase of their degree course. Structured around sets of specific 'skills', each chapter uses critical thinking and reflective exercises to develop greater subject knowledge and critical awareness. Each book contains links to the Teachers' Standards providing students with a clear transition from study to practice.

Jayne Metcalfe is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cumbria. Jayne is involved in e-safety training of student teachers.

Debbie Simpson is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cumbria. She is currently the acting Programme Leader for the Primary PGCE course.

Ian Todd is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cumbria, with a specialism in English and an interest in the teaching of ICT.

Mike Toyn
is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cumbria where he also coordinates the teaching of primary ICT.
 
What's New about New Literacies?
 
Technological Interventions in Early Literacy
 
Verbal Literacy
 
Finding Things Out - Information Literacy
 
Aural and Oral Literacy
 
Visual Literacy
 
Lost In Cyberspace? Children And Social Media
 
New Literacies And Inclusion
 
Considering Pedagogy, Ethics And The Law In The 'Remix' Culture
 
References
 
Index

Excellent resource. Lots of practical guidance and critical thinking exercises providing opportunities for debate and deeper discussion. Written in a very accessible way, this book is clear, with key ideas and comment sections and a wealth for further reading suggestions.

Mrs Irene Scott
Faculty of Education (Parkgate), Chester University
September 7, 2013
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