Literacy In Education

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Literacy is described as the capacity, disposition and confidence to produce and understand the English language fluently, critically, effectively and creatively used as a range of modes of communication including storytelling, music, visual Arts, drama and media, as well as writing, reading, viewing and writing (Australian Government Department of Education Employment and Work Relations [DEEWR], 2009, p.46). Students with in the Australian Curriculum become literate by developing skills, knowledge and dispositions to understand and utilize language confidently for communicating, learning in the school and participating effectively in the society beyond the school (Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority [ACARA], 2015). Literacy …show more content…
However, schools across the world have different literacy priorities recognized by United Nations Education, Scientific and cultural Organization [UNESCO] and World Literacy Foundation, which includes rich and relevant literate environments as respecting diversity of culture, people and modes of delivery (UNESCO, 2015). Australian education and learning system from early childhood to primary and beyond have conflicting expectations and viewpoints related to literacy development (Swinburne Online, 2016). Multi-literacy, cross-disciplinary philosophy and digital literacy skills are vital for future generation, but the early childhood settings and schools implant literacy into educational philosophy and curriculum would depend upon a wide range of factors (Hopkins, Brookes & Green, 2013). Multi-literacies reflect on how literacy is not stable and involves in communication across a wide range of different media. In this 21st century, the impact of information and communication technologies [ICTs] plays main role in children’s literacy development (Unsworth, …show more content…
Multimodal text are referred as combination of two or more semiotic system, for example, a webpage with sound effects, music, written language, oral language and moving images/stills are combined can be delivered by educator through technologies or media (Anstey & Bull, 2010). Enhancing access to ICT in early childhood settings provides opportunities for children to increase a range of literacy experiences. Recent Australian study (2009) details that multi-literacies pedagogy facilitates relationship between children, teacher and families during the transition process in early childhood and primary educational settings (AITSL, 2012). By utilizing the multi-literacy pedagogy in the classroom educators effectively made use of dance, drama, visual art, construction and access to ICT to promote children’s learning and developing the knowledge of literacy practices (Commonwealth of Australia, 2009). Thus, educators can support the literacy learning by encouraging children to utilize technologies to view and explore visual, printed and multimedia texts, and respond with actions, gestures, positive feedbacks and questions their concepts through story telling dance, music, visual art and media (DEEWR, 2009). Children are encouraged to get exposed and experienced to multimodal literacies throughout their development (Swinburne Online,

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