(Re)designing Literacy Teacher Education: A Call for Change

Feb. 01, 2013

Source: Teaching Education, Volume 24, Issue 1, 2013, pages 1-26

This paper describes a graduate literacy teacher education course that compelled students to think in terms of design and multimodality.

In an effort to innovate their own literacy teacher education work, the authors came together to devise a course that encouraged students to adopt a design lens to their thinking, planning, and assessing of literacy learning.

The authors saw this qualitative case study as a way to understand the interrelationships of learning processes, principles of design and multimodal texts, and how these might inform pedagogy.

Building on years of work in the areas of multimodality and multiliteracies, the authors observed how eight teachers with varying degrees of comfort with multimodality moved into a design-oriented approach to literacy education.

The article presents their research on design-oriented teacher education work, but the findings illuminate how the adoption and inhabiting of different mindsets and metalanguage can make a difference.

Updated: Dec. 16, 2013