New literacies, globally popular among children and adolescents in and out of school contexts, are challenging educators and institutions to rethink pedagogies. As educators begin to embrace the pedagogical possibilities of multimodal texts and digital practices, they are exploring the complexities of assessing these new literacies. The essays in this book explore what it means to assess the sophisticated textual engagements of new literacies, including reading and writing online, social networking, gaming, multimodal composing, and creating virtual identities. Chapters offer practical examples of new literacies, and examine how assessment provides insight into the diverse ways in which language is conceived, valued, and used to inform the literate lives of its twenty-first century users. Scholars and educators will find this collection full of rich understanding of the assessment concerns raised by new communication practices, youth culture, digital engagements, and semiotic diversification.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. VIII, 203 pp., num. ill.
Contents: Anne Burke/Roberta F. Hammett: Introduction: Rethinking Assessment from the Perspective of New Literacies – Eve
Bearne: Assessing Multimodal Texts – Anne Burke: Checkmarks on the Screen: Questions of Assessment and New Literacies in the
Digital Age – Maureen Kendrick/Roberta McKay/Harriet Mutonyi: Making the Invisible Visible: Assessing the Visual as Spaces
of Learning – Margaret C. Hagood/Emily N. Skinner/Melissa Venters/Benjamin Yelm: New Literacies and Assessments in Middle
School Social Studies Content Area Instruction: Issues for Classroom Practices – Jennifer Rowsell: My Life on Facebook: Assessing
the Art of Online Social Networking – Jill Kedersha McClay/Margaret Mackey: Distributed Assessment in OurSpace: This Is Not
a Rubric – Kay Kimber/Claire Wyatt-Smith: Valued Knowledges and Core Capacities for Digital Learners: Claiming Spaces for
Quality Assessment – Richard Beach/Linda Clemens/Kirsten Jamsen: Digital Tools: Assessing Digital Communication and Providing
Feedback to Student Writers – Roberta F. Hammett: New Literacies and Teacher Education – Julian Sefton-Green: Epilogue.