TEACHING, LEARNING, LITERACY in Our HIGH-RISK HIGH-TECH World

James Paul Gee
Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies

Abstract

When we talk about learning and development today we have to put school into the larger context of diverse teaching and learning practices, diverse literacy and media practices, and diverse things to know and be, in and out of school. Isolating school from teaching and learning out of school will harm children and lead to even greater inequality of opportunity and results.
A problem every parent and teacher confronts is how to help children develop into healthy, flourishing humans in a very complex and high-risk world. Furthermore, how can they continue to develop and flourish in a world where drastic change will be the norm? These are hard problems. The answers require connecting, integrating, and finding synergies among several topics.
My goal is to be as clear as I can about my perspective on learning and development so that the audience can reflect on his/her own. 

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