12. Communication


Literacy: Reading and writing


Communicating effectively with learners goes beyond being conscious of the language we use in class but also pushes practitioners to consider prior learning, how to scaffold learning in session and recognising the importance of informal learning.  The readings below explore some of these considerations in more detail.

A multidimensional framework for academic literacies to help instructors become more aware of different aspects of literacies. The reading goes on to discuss how they might be used to plan and orchestrate meaningful, multifaceted literacy experiences in their classes:

Kiili. C, Mäkinen. M, & Coir., J (2013) 'Rethinking Academic Literacies', Journal Of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, V57, I3, pp. 223-232, Professional Development Collection, EBSCOhost

In his article, Ekström discusses the importance of instructions and their role in guiding student activities and understanding. In the study, he investigates the tensions between specifics and generalities in the joint production of guided action.

Ekström, A.R (2009) 'Questions, Instructions, and Modes of Listening in the Joint Production of Guided Action: A Study of Student-Teacher Collaboration in Handicraft Education', Scandinavian Journal Of Educational Research, V53, I5, pp. 497-514, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, EBSCOhost

Research Briefings

Diagrams and figures