What have we learned from research on new literacies?

Knobel, M., & Lankshear, C. (2014). Studying new literacies. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 57(9), 1-5.


This article takes a look at new literacies and what we have learned from research. The authors focus is on new literacies that have shifted the paradigm and differ from conventional literacies. These differences are explored in two areas, technological differences and ethos differences.

Findings from research on new literacies is presented and described in detail. These finding include collaborative work, cycles of feedback and mentoring, communication across distance and cultures, as well as skills and strategies used in gaming. Implications for teachers are discussed with suggestions given. It is stressed that teachers understand the new literacies and how students use them to better adapt them into their classrooms.

When considering research in the field of technology education, we certainly need to better understand new literacies. Viewing and approaching a technology from various angles will benefit our course design when implementing. The affordances of a technology can offer creative outlets for lessons and assignments. The example presented of a student using a fansite to expand on a novel and connect with other readers opens the door to using new literacies in unique and creative ways to engage our students.




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