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Creativity as capital in the literacy classroom: youth as multimodal designers

Walsh, Christopher S. 2007, Creativity as capital in the literacy classroom: youth as multimodal designers, Literacy, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 79-85, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9345.2007.00461.x.

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Title Creativity as capital in the literacy classroom: youth as multimodal designers
Author(s) Walsh, Christopher S.
Journal name Literacy
Volume number 41
Issue number 2
Start page 79
End page 85
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1741-4350
1741-4369
Keyword(s) creativity
literacy
adolescents
multimodal
imagination
capital
Summary Many school literacy practices ignore adolescents' new digitally mediated subjectivity as it has been shaped by the new media age. Youth possess often unappreciated repertories of practice which allow them to use their imagination and creativity to combine print, visual and digital modes in combinations that can be applied to new educational, civic, media and workplace contexts. This paper reports on research in two middle years classrooms in New York City's Chinatown, where students' design skills were recognised and validated when they were encouraged to critically re-represent curricular knowledge through multimodal design. The curriculum, rather than privileging print-only representations, recognised the linguistic, social, economic and cultural capital that different students brought to school. The findings suggest schools should harness youths' creativity – that often manifests itself through their capital resources – as they integrate and adapt to the new digital affordances acquired through their out-of-school literacy practices.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9345.2007.00461.x
Field of Research 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, ULKA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007351

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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