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Black, Rebecca W.; Korobkova, Ksenia; Epler, Alexandra – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2014
This paper examines the ways in which Mattel's "Barbie Girls" and "Xtractaurs," online sites aimed at girls and boys of six years of age and up, respectively, offer markedly distinct literate and semiotic resources for their young users. Analysis focuses on the multimodal layers of meaning and the mediating tools,…
Descriptors: Play, Interaction, Content Analysis, Web Sites
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McTavish, Marianne – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2014
What do young children do with the literacies they have learned at school? This article reexamines traditional notions of literacy by documenting a second grade child's literacy practices in school and out-of-school contexts. Data collected included field notes, interviews, observations of school and out-of-school literacy practices, and artefacts…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Elementary School Students, Reading Habits, Interviews
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Wohlwend, Karen E.; Zanden, Sarah Vander; Husbye, Nicholas E.; Kuby, Candace R. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2011
Geosemiotics (Scollon and Scollon, 2003) frames this analysis of play, multimodal collaboration, and peer mediation as players navigate barriers to online connectivity in a children's social network and gaming site. A geosemiotic perspective enables examination of children's web play as "discourses in place": fluidly converging and…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Play, Ethnography, After School Programs
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Wohlwend, Karen E. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2009
In this article, semiotic analysis of children's practices and designs with video game conventions considers how children use play and drawing as spatializing literacies that make room to import imagined technologies and user identities. Microanalysis of video data of classroom interactions collected during a three year ethnographic study of…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Play, Video Games, Ethnography