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Knowledge, creativity and communication in education : multimodal design

Bezemer, Jeff and Kress, Gunther (2009) Knowledge, creativity and communication in education : multimodal design. In: Beyond Current Horizons. Futurelab.

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The focus of this review is on the multimodal design of environmen ts for knowledge construction, creativity and communication. In education, multimodal design refers to the use of different „modes?, such as image and writing, to recontextualize a body of knowledge for a specific audience. These designs may come to the learner via print media or via the screen, at home or in the classroom. We sketch out some changes in multimodal design in education over the past, and in the present, and attempt to speculate on future trends. We start our review with a sketch of the emergence of the notion of design in education and beyond as a new perspective on knowledge, creativity and communication. We then discuss four examples of learning materials to illustrate these trends. The first two examples demonstrate what has changed in the 20th century, and the second two examples show in which directions current changes are heading. All four examples show how multimodal designs shape the social and representational environment of learners. In the following section we suggest that such multimodal designs are no longer the exclusive realm of the „professional? textbook maker, nor even of the teacher alone: young people have become active participants in design. We conclude with a summary of key trends.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > London Knowledge Lab
IOE Departments > Departments > Culture, Communication and Media
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2014 14:33
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:53
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