Analysing Multimodal Texts

“Multimodal texts, in particular contemporary picturebooks, are used extensively in many elementary reading programs, conveying meanings through the use of two sign systems; written language and visual image. However, the primary focus in elementary reading education has been on the strategies and skills necessary for understanding written language. This lack of pedagogical attention to visual images and visual systems of meaning presents serious challenges to teachers at a time when image has begun to dominate the lives of their students. While numerous resources are readily available that focus on strategies for reading and comprehending written text, pedagogical approaches addressing various strategies for comprehending visual images, in particular those included in contemporary picturebooks, have only recently emerged in elementary pedagogical discussions.”

85-86 Frank Serafini (2010) ‘Reading Multimodal Texts: Perceptual, Structural and Ideological Perspectives’ Children’s Literature in Education 41: 85-104

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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