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Ghiso, Maria Paula – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2013
This article examines the relationship between literacy and play in six- and seven-year-olds' engagement with non-fiction writing. I draw from a year-long ethnographic study (Erickson, 1986) of a US classroom's "writing time", intentionally structured on children's own interests and enquiries. Rather than strict adherence to monolithic…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Critical Literacy, Ethnography, Play
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Kissel, Brian; Hansen, Jane; Tower, Holly; Lawrence, Jody – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2011
This article examines six years of ethnographic research in Robyn Davis's pre-kindergarten classroom in the USA. Using a theoretical framework to embed writing within a social semiotic that is multimodal and has social intent (Street, 2003), the authors show how children used interactions during writing to create various written products. Three…
Descriptors: Writing Processes, Kindergarten, Ethnography, Preschool Education
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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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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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Moses, Annie M. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2008
Television viewing plays an important role in the lives of many young children and has received a great deal of attention in the public as well as in research. This review examined research on television and literacy development in early childhood, including studies of messages about literacy in children's programs as well as the impact of…
Descriptors: Television Viewing, Young Children, Emergent Literacy, Television