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From the origins of writing to today's computer-mediated communication, material technologies shape how we read and write, how we construe and share knowledge, and ultimately how we understand ourselves in relation to the world. However, communication technologies are themselves designed in particular social and cultural contexts and their use is adapted in creative ways by individuals. In this book, Richard Kern explores how technology matters to language and the ways in which we use it. Kern reveals how material, social and individual resources interact in the design of textual meaning, and how that interaction plays out across contexts of communication, different situations of technological mediation, and different moments in time. Showing how people have adapted visual forms to various media as well as to social needs, this study culminates in five fundamental principles to guide language and literacy education in a period of rapid technological and social change.Read more
- Offers a new perspective on language in relation to technology that avoids deterministic thinking
- Deals with fundamental principles rather than just current trends, which can quickly become outdated
- Provides pedagogical goals to improve educational programs and will appeal to teachers and curriculum designers
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"Richard Kern offers striking insights into how digital media transform the designs of meaning-at-a-distance - both the artifacts of communication and the social relationships established in and through these designs."
Mary Kalantzis, University of Illinois
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- Date Published: May 2015
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781316371350
- contains: 44 b/w illus. 10 tables
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
Part I. Designing Meaning:
1. Communication by design
2. Material resources: the medium matters
3. Social ecologies
4. The individual and design
Part II. Interactions of the Material, the Social, and the Individual:
5. Ancient writing in Mesopotamia
6. Paper and print
7. Writing redesigned: electronically mediated discourse
8. Multimodal discourse
Part III. Educational Implications:
9. Principles and goals in language and literacy education
10. Toward a relational pedagogy.
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