The Literacy Labyrinth, 2nd Edition

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The Literacy Labyrinth, 2nd Edition

By Geoff Bull, Michele Anstey
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The Literacy Labyrinth second edition is a substantial revision that provides a broad framework of knowledge about literacy and literacy pedagogy from both a historical and futures perspective. It gives students a repertoire of old and new knowledge and practices that they can draw from. These have been redesigned to suit the changing literacies and needs of students entering increasingly complex futures.

The text explores the past and present from a sociocultural and multiliteracies perspective requiring students to interact and reflect on the material presented.

  • The beginning of each chapter has a Graphic Outline which orients the reader to the contents contained in the chapter and the relationship among them.
  • Reflection Strategies throughout each chapter engage students by applying new concepts to situations with which the reader is already familiar with. This provides numerous opportunities to apply and reflect on what they have read, helping them visualise themselves in actual literacy education.
  • Reflection Questions and Activities at the end of each chapter helps students further reflect and develop their understanding.
  • The Literacy Labyrinth has two Parallel texts; The Literacy Landscape and The Literacy Lexicon. They are designed to work intertextually. Students can consult the Landscape followed by the Labyrinth as introductions to the field of language and literacy and then use the Lexicon to investigate particular issues.
New to this edition
  • Strong emphasis on practical strategies in the classroom environment helps students translate theory to practice.
  • Heavily revised chapter on assessment and evaluation reflects current educational trends.
  • Six chapters highlight the changing nature of literacy and language education. These ensure student teachers are equipped with the latest information, skills and strategies to successfully teach students of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
    • Chapter 1 Defining language and literacy
    • Chapter 3 Literacy as social practice
    • Chapter 4 Multiliteracies and the Four Resource Model
    • Chapter 11 Visual texts
    • Chapter 12 Developing explicit pedagogy for multiliterate classrooms
    • Chapter 14 Teachers, planning practices and pedagogies
Table of contents

1. Defining language and literacy

Section One: Social Critical Views of Literacy
2. Language, Literacy and social Power
3. Literacy as Social Practice
4. Multiliteracies and the Four Resource Model

Section Two: Cognitive Views of Literacy
5. A Skills Approach to Literacy Teaching and Learning
6. Strategic Approaches to Literacy Teaching and Learning
7. Process Approaches to Literacy Teaching and Learning
8. A Whole Language Approach to Literacy Teaching and Learning

Section Three: About Text
9. Using Text to Construct Reality
10. The Practice of Children's Literature
11. Visual Texts

Section Four: Pedagogy and Literacy
12. Developing Explicit Pedagogy for Multiliterate Classrooms
13. Assessing Evaluating and Monitoring Literacy
14. Teachers,  Planning Practices and Pedagogies