Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Multimodal interaction in the classroom

22 November 2011
11 -14 Blenheim Terrace, Room 1.17, LS2 9JT

Prof. Carey Jewitt, Institute of Education, University of London

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Carey Jewitt is Professor in Learning and Technology at the Institute of Education, University of London. Carey's research interests include the development of visual and multimodal research methods, technology mediated interaction, and learning and she is Director of the NCRM NODE on Multimodal methodologies for Digital data and Environments (MODE).  Her publications include 'The Routledge Handbook of Multimodal Analysis'(Editor, Routledge 2009) and 'Technology, Literacy, Learning: A Multimodality Approach'(Routledge 2008). She is Founding Editor of the 'Visual Communication Journal' and has published in a number of journals including 'Learning, Media and Technology' and 'Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education'. Carey worked with the University of Leeds’ Professor of Science Education, Phil Scott.


Language is often central to teaching and learning. It is, however, one part of an ensemble of representational and communicational resources used by teachers and students including images, gesture, posture, movement, and gaze. This presentation draws on research into the field of visual and multimodal theory, research and analytical procedures conducted within the UK secondary Science and English classroom over the past decade. It will explore the potential of multimodal approaches for understanding knowledge, pedagogy and learning and the effects of digital technologies on these.

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