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Hackett, Abigail; Somerville, Margaret – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2017
This paper examines the potential of posthumanism to enable a reconceptualisation of young children's literacies from the starting point of movement and sound in the more-than-human world. We propose movement as a communicative practice that always occurs as a more complex entanglement of relations within more-than-human worlds. Through our…
Descriptors: Literacy, Young Children, Humanism, Movement Education
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Kervin, Lisa; Turbill, Jan; Harden-Thew, Kathryn – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2017
The face of early childhood education continues to change. In Australia, the national early childhood guidelines, "Early Years Learning Framework" (2009) and the "National Quality Framework" have articulated and defined the work of early years' educators in a range of areas, including literacy. Both frameworks state that their…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Emergent Literacy, Literacy Education, Foreign Countries
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Cohrssen, Caroline; Niklas, Frank; Tayler, Collette – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2016
In Australia, much emphasis in early childhood education is placed on the importance of supporting young children's literacy development, and book-reading occurs frequently during typical early-childhood education and care programmes. Reading a story to a child presents an opportunity for rich language-learning through reciprocal and extended…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Discourse Analysis, Reading Strategies
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Tomlinson, Michelle M. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2015
Two classrooms of diverse 5-year-old children were set the task of exploring ways of realising music invention through the semiotic import of composing resources. In both a rural and an inner-urban setting in Australia, children demonstrated syncretism in bilingual practices in communication. Visual multimodal analysis demonstrated how children…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Children, Rural Schools, Urban Schools
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Lynch, Julianne; Redpath, Terri – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2014
With the revolution that has taken place in the functionality and uptake of portable networked "smart" technologies, educators are looking to see what potential applications such technologies might have for school education. This article reports on a study on the use of portable personal computing devices in the early years of schooling.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Technological Advancement, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices
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Campbell, Stacey; Torr, Jane; Cologon, Kathy – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2012
Commercial phonics programmes (e.g. Jolly Phonics and Letterland) are becoming widely used in the early years of school. These programmes claim to use a systematic explicit approach, considered as the preferred method of phonics instruction for teaching alphabetic code-breaking skills in Australia and the UK in the first years of school…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Phonics
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Grieshaber, Susan; Shield, Paul; Luke, Allan; Macdonald, Shelly – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2012
The combined impact of social class, cultural background and experience upon early literacy achievement in the first year of schooling is among the most durable questions in educational research. Links have been established between social class and achievement but literacy involves complex social and cognitive practices that are not necessarily…
Descriptors: Social Class, Educational Research, Family Literacy, Emergent Literacy
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Nixon, Helen – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2011
In their quest for resources to support children's early literacy learning and development, parents encounter and traverse different spaces in which discourses and artifacts are produced and circulated. This paper uses conceptual tools from the field of geosemiotics to examine some commercial spaces designed for parents and children that…
Descriptors: Young Children, Emergent Literacy, Internet, Preschool Education
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Nichols, Sue – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2011
An ecological approach, emphasizing the importance of understanding multiple contexts for learning, underpins this study of libraries as activity spaces for young children's literacy participation. Five libraries serving a diversity of communities were the subject of ethnographic investigation incorporating participant observation, visual…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Children, Emergent Literacy, Libraries
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Rainbird, Sophia; Rowsell, Jennifer – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2011
Conceptualizations of the home have changed, particularly in respect to children's rearing and development. An increased awareness of early intervention in meeting a child's learning needs has filtered down into the organization of space in homes. Maximizing learning opportunities by creating "literacy nooks", which involves carving out…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Family Environment, Child Rearing, Early Intervention
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Hill, Susan – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2010
This article describes a collaborative teacher-researcher project exploring how 4-8-year-old children understood and worked with new forms of literacy at home and at school. Twenty-five teacher-researchers investigated young children's home based multimodal funds of knowledge and then planned school or preschool curriculum based on these findings.…
Descriptors: Preschool Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Collaboration
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Woods, Annette; Henderson, Robyn – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2008
Current policy, media and curriculum initiatives across western nations are drawing literacy and literacy pedagogy toward enticingly simplistic understandings of literacy as commodity. Increasingly they focus on "fixing" perceived literacy problems by assuming the primacy of early years literacy and "top-up" intervention…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Reading Failure, Literacy, Literacy Education
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Whitehead, Kay; Wilkinson, Lyn – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2008
This article uses a historical lens to illuminate literacy teaching as it is constructed in two recent reports, "Teaching Reading" and "In Teachers' Hands". In surveying these texts alongside 19th-century sources, we show that an autonomous view of literacy has always held sway, along with a primary focus on reading. Parents'…
Descriptors: Educational History, Social Class, Teacher Effectiveness, Literacy