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EDUC308 Future-Focused Literacies

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."

Paper title Future-Focused Literacies
Paper code EDUC308
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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One 200-level EDUC or PSYC paper
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff

Assoc. Prof. Susan Sandretto
Dr Jane Tilson

Paper Structure

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.
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Learning Outcomes
At the successful completion of this paper students 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

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 15:00-15:50 9-13, 19-22
Thursday 15:00-16:50 9-12, 18-22