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    A critical, socio-cultural view of literacy theories, practices and policies with implications for all educational settings.

    What does it mean to be literate in the 21st century?

    This paper examines future-focused literacy practices in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. You will examine what counts as literacy today, study yourself as a multiliterate person, and sharpen your skills of critical analysis. The paper is 100% internally assessed and will appeal to teachers and education studies students alike. In advice to future students, one student wrote: "Enjoy it, you will not regret taking it! It gave me a new perspective as to what literacy is and what it means to me."

    About this paper

    Paper title Future-Focused Literacies
    Subject Education
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One 200-level EDUC or PSYC paper
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Associate Professor Susan Sandretto
    Dr Jane Tilson

    Teaching staff

    Associate Professor Susan Sandretto
    Dr Jane Tilson

    Teaching Arrangements

    One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour workshop per week.

    100% internally assessed.


    All assigned paper readings are available through eReserve.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

    • Evaluate contemporary reading theory to support the learning needs of all readers
    • Understand reading theories and interpret reading policy and practice in New Zealand schools and compare and contrast with international perspectives
    • Demonstrate an understanding of critical literacy practices and critical analysis of texts


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 15:00-15:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 15:00-16:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
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