A Review of Multiliteracies Pedagogy in Primary Classrooms

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Pirjo Kulju
Reijo Kupiainen
Angela M Wiseman
Anne Jyrkiäinen
Kirsi-Liisa Koskinen-Sinisalo
Marita Mäkinen

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In the digital era, students are walking new literacy paths. For this reason, there is a need to explore evolving literacy practices in school pedagogy. This is often addressed by the expanding use of the concept of multiliteracies. This article reviews studies (N = 67) of multiliteracies pedagogy. The main purpose was to explore how the concept of multiliteracies has been used and understood in primary classroom research. The findings indicate that the studies often took into account both the multimodality of meaning-making and the diversity of learners. Recommendations are made for future multiliteracies studies to strengthen the pedagogical practices.

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Kulju, P., Kupiainen, R., Wiseman, A., Jyrkiäinen, A., Koskinen-Sinisalo, K.-L., & Mäkinen, M. (2018). A Review of Multiliteracies Pedagogy in Primary Classrooms. Language and Literacy, 20(2), 80-101. https://doi.org/10.20360/langandlit29333
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Pirjo Kulju, University of Tampere, Finland

PhD, University Lecturer

Faculty of Education

University of Tampere, Finland

Reijo Kupiainen, University of Tampere, Finland and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.

PhD, University Lecturer

Faculty of Education

University of Tampere, Finland

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Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.     

Angela M Wiseman, North Carolina State University, USA.

Associate professor of Literacy Education at North Carolina State University

Anne Jyrkiäinen, University of Tampere, Finland

PhD, University Lecturer

Faculty of Education

University of Tampere, Finland

Kirsi-Liisa Koskinen-Sinisalo, University of Tampere, Finland

Principal, Special education teacher at the University of Training School, University of Tampere, Finland

Marita Mäkinen, University of Tampere, Finland

Professor of Education at Faculty of Education, University of Tampere, Finland