Tuesday, January 04, 2022

New book: Research, practice and innovation in deaf multiliteracies

A new open access book:
Webster, J. & Zeshan, U. (Eds.) (2021). Read, write, easy: Research, practice and innovation in deaf multiliteracies. Ishara Press. https://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/51600 "This book is the first of two volumes on deaf multiliteracies based on research with deaf children and adults in India, Uganda and Ghana. Multiliteracies include not only reading and writing but also skills in sign language, drawing, acting, digitally mediated communication, and other modes. The book covers a variety of themes including the assessment of learners' progress, pedagogical issues as seen from teachers' perspectives, and issues related to curricula. Authors discuss, for instance, the use of multimedia portfolios for tracking the learning of deaf primary school children, the training needs of deaf teachers, and a collaborative approach to curriculum development."
The book is based on findings from a project, and the first chapter introduces the project (Peer to Peer Deaf Multi-literacies) and also explains the use of "multiliteracies", namely: "skills in sign languages, written English, drawing and other forms of visual representation, editing of multimodal productions, and forms of technology-mediated communication that combine different modalities." (p.10)
Chapters include, for example: The storymakers mini-project: Encouraging children’s multimodal writing by Julia Gillen and Uta Papen (there is a video explaining the storymaker process here https://youtu.be/zkEBL8GuPTc

Photo by Sheila Webber: the wreath at number 4 (you may have noticed that I have been matching the door numbers with the date of the blog post, they are not all in the same street, btw!), December 2021.

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