04 April 2020Share
Conducted over three years, the project showed significant learning gains for middle primary students in as few as 12 hours of instructional time. Not only were the students able to apply more sophisticated writing and digital design techniques in their work, but they gained an improved knowledge of how effective language works. Also, they could explain the main categories of the attitudinal language system, and how to use multimodal techniques to show emotions in characterisation.
The Australian Research Council Linkage Project united a consortium of schools, visual media experts, and policy makers to test new pedagogical approaches to develop student ability to write more effectively (see the SELFIE project for more information). The findings are relevant to parents, teachers, teacher educators, and educational curriculum and policy makers because the pedagogical model produced from the research can be enacted in classrooms for real writing results in a digital world. The findings are also particularly important in Australia, where the teaching of students’ multimodal writing is a key focus of the Australian Curriculum English.
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