Chicken or the Egg? Defining "Metaliteracy" and a Model
I cannot remember if I saw Mackey and Jacobson’s Metaliteracy Model and then looked for a definition of "metaliteracy" or I saw a definition of metaliteracy and I then looked for a model to help me understand the concept.
Below I provide information about their model as I understand it. I will attempt to define metaliteracy in another post.
They introduced a model of metaliteracy in 2011 and along with a little help from their friends, updated it in 2018. There are plenty o' articles, blog postings, books, conference presentations, MOOCs, and more that discuss this model and/or its applications to a variety of disciplines and contexts. Mackey and Jacobson are of course the most prolific authors. The following attempts to explain the components of the 2018 model (at least as I understand it).
Here is a visual created by Mackey and Jacobson that illustrates the model in its entirety:
Integrated Metaliterate Learner Figure (Mackey & Jacobson, Metaliterate Learners as Producers, 2021) (Figure design by Kelsey O’Brien using Genially) https://metaliteracy.org/ml-in-practice/integrated-metaliterate-learner-figure/
Included in the visual above, here are the components of the model:
Goal 1: Actively evaluate content while also evaluating one’s own biases
Goal 2: Engage with all intellectual property ethically and responsibly
Goal 3: Produce and share information in collaborative and participatory environments
Goal 4: Develop learning strategies to meet lifelong personal and professional goals
Metaliteracy Learning Domains: Metacognitive, Affective, Cognitive, Behavioral (4) Metaliterate Learner Roles: Participant, Communicator, Translator, Author, Teacher, Collaborator, Producer, Publisher, and Researcher (9)
Metaliterate Learner Characteristics: Productive, Informed, Collaborative, Participatory, Reflective, Civic Minded, Adaptable, and Open (8)
The metaliteracy.org site provides a wealth of information:
- You can explore the learning domains (inner circle) here: https://metaliteracy.org/ml-in-practice/what-is-metaliteracy/
- You can explore the learner characteristics (middle circle) here: https://metaliteracy.org/ml-in-practice/metaliterate-learner-characteristics/ and https://view.genial.ly/5d77e941d705a10ff86bf7a1
- You can explore the learner roles (outer circle) here: https://metaliteracy.org/ml-in-practice/metaliterate-learner-roles/ and http://alenaprojects.s3-us-east-2.amazonaws.com/Portfolio/MetaliterateLearner/story_html5.html