Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Multiliteracies

  • Mary Kalantzis
  • Bill Cope
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_112

Definition and Introduction

The term Multiliteracies refers to two major aspects of communication and representation today. The first is the variability of conventions of meaning in different cultural, social, or domain-specific situations. These differences are becoming ever-more significant to the ways in which people interact in a variety of social contexts. As a consequence, it is no longer sufficient for literacy teaching to focus, as it did in the past, primarily on the formal rules and literary canon of a single, standard form of the national language. Rather, the sociolinguistic conditions of our everyday lives increasingly require that we develop a capacity to move between one social setting and another where the conventions of communication may be very different. Such differences are the consequence of any number of factors, including, for instance, culture, gender, life experience, subject matter, discipline domain, area of employment, or specialist expertise.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaignUSA