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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Multimodal Pedagogies and Inside/Outside School Knowledges in South African Classrooms

Dr Pippa Stein, Denise Newfield.

In our work in the Wits Multiliteracies Project, we explore multimodal pedagogies for developing world teaching contexts in which students come from diverse cultural, historical, linguistic and socio-economic backgrounds. In this presentation we explore the relations among indigenous knowledges, identity and pedagogies. We argue that pedagogies which consciously work across multiple semiotic modes of communication have the potential to integrate and build on students’ outside and inside school knowledges in surprising combinations of local-central mixes. We present examples from our ongoing body of work across different subject areas at primary, secondary and tertiary levels and we explore the implications of this work for teacher education.


Dr Pippa Stein

Pippa Stein is a Senior Lecturer in English Language and Literacy Education in the School of Literature and Language Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her research interests are in the areas of New Literacy Studies, Multiliteracies, multimodality and social semiotics in relation to teaching literacy in contexts of cultural and linguistic diversity. She has published in the TESOL Quarterly, the Harvard Educational Review, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy and has chapters in Cope,B. and Kalantzis, M. (Eds) (2000) Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures,and Beck.S.W. and Olah L.N.(Eds) (2001) Perspectives on Language and Literacy: Beyond the Here and Now Harvard Educational Review Reprint Series. She is currently the recipient of a Spencer Foundation Research Grant investigating home, street, school and community literacy practices amongst young children from poor families in urban and rural settings.

Denise Newfield

Denise Newfield is senior lecturer in the School of Literature and Language Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She developed and leads the interdisciplinary Masters in English Education programme and has been instrumental in setting up Media Studies as an undergraduate programme. Her main research interests are teacher education, curriculum development, literature teaching and learning, multiliteracies and the implementation of multimodal pedagogies in teaching and learning in historically disadvantaged schools and at tertiary institutions.

  • Multimodal Pedagogies

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)