Application 4

Production 2: New Literacies Reflection (Critical Essay) – 500 words

Using the Brayboy and Maughan (2009) article, please write a critical essay/reflection that explores any of the following questions with some depth.

–  How does IK serve as a critique of traditional Western schooling systems and Western ways of understanding both knowledge and learning? What are the features and qualities of Indigenous ways of knowing that might help us ‘redefine’ and transform education – and multimodal learning – in the 21st C?

–    What can we learn from Indigenous ways of knowing as represented in Brayboy and Maughan’s text, particularly with regards to (re)conceptualizing knowledge as a verb (something linked to contextualized action and doing) versus ‘Western’ knowledge as a noun (propositional knowledge, static concepts, abstract ideas and ‘textbook’ facts)? How can the multimodal be understood as verb, doing, action (as expressed in the reading, and/or in own practice)?

–   Finally, as we shift from a formal semiotic understandings of multimodality to more embodied practices of multimodal learning and making, how is multimodality present in Indigenous knowledge/learning practices? What issues, conflicts, and multimodal forms/relationships are in play in the story?

Your response should draw directly from the texts we have worked with thus far, including at least one or two key quotes (and unpack the quotes in relation to your own arguments or viewpoints).

– 500 words (genre: formal critical essay – though may integrate images, graphics and pictures if useful to your arguments).