Elementary School Language and Literacy Education for Civic Engagement: An Evolving Playbook for Postmodern Times

Heather Lotherington

Abstract


This paper argues for the need to postmodernize literacy education for civic engagement in an emerging new world order where humans are globally-connected in an invisible digital dimension, yet physically dispersed in greater degrees of complexity. The paper summarizes a university-school collaborative learning community’s evolving playbook on experimental multimodal and plurilingual language and literacy education, and illustrates project-based learning, inclusion of children’s linguistic and cultural knowledge in classroom learning, immersive ludic activities, collaborative problem-solving, and agentive participation in an elementary school classroom project.

Keywords


elementary literacy, ludic learning, multimodality, pluralingualism, problem-based learning, superdiversity

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20360/G2M952