Literacy in and for the 21st century: Considering the pedagogical place of social media within 21st-century australian literacy classrooms through the lens of childhood

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Abstract

This chapter considers the place of social media within a 21st-century literacy discourse in Australian classrooms. Using a phenomenological narrative (Shacklock & Thorp, 2005) of three teachers in an Australian school we will reflect on an incident where Facebook was used by a group of eight Year 7 students inappropriately. Through reflecting on the incident, we will question, through a sociological lens, the place of social media teaching within a classroom literacy program, and wonder about the place this has when we consider what we mean by literacy in and for the 21st century. Within the digital world children can often be more skilled, risk oriented and willing to challenge power relationships (Gustafson, Hodgson, & Tickner, 2004). In Australia, children are more commonly being equipped with powerful technological tools for communication and learning. Laptops, tablets and smart phones are only tools, but the power they possess, and the influence they can create within social groups and communities, is vast. Therefore, considering the place of social media within a sociological landscape of childhood and 21st-century literacy pedagogy is the aim of this chapter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvidence-Based Learning and Teaching
Subtitle of host publicationA Look into Australian Classrooms
EditorsMelissa Barnes, Maria Gindidis, Sivanes Phillipson
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter6
Pages60-70
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781351129367
ISBN (Print)9780815355717, 9780815355700
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Lyons, D. (2018). Literacy in and for the 21st century: Considering the pedagogical place of social media within 21st-century australian literacy classrooms through the lens of childhood. In M. Barnes, M. Gindidis, & S. Phillipson (Eds.), Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching: A Look into Australian Classrooms (pp. 60-70). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351129367-6