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Barone, Diane – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2013
This article positions a view of student responses with relation to current literacy expectations. Student responses to a single book, "The Egypt Game," are explored. The responses are analysed from a group and individual student perspectives. The responses demonstrate the complex understandings that young students created about this book.…
Descriptors: Literacy, Books, Clubs, Student Reaction
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Owodally, Ambarin Mooznah Auleear – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2013
Mauritius is a multilingual island, where there is a linguistic and literacy paradox. While Mauritian Creole dominates as the spoken language of the population, English and French are the main print languages, as well as the main languages of literacy and education. In such a complex situation, preschool is an interesting terrain in which to…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Linguistics, Foreign Countries, Speech
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Ren, Li; Hu, Guangwei – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2013
Social capital--the social relations between people--is an important component of the family environment and is crucial for the creation of human capital for the next generation. Drawing on James S. Coleman's theory of family capital, this study focuses on parents' utilization of social capital to support children's literacy acquisition in four…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Literacy, Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis
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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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Alper, Meryl – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2013
Young children explore their world through manipulatives, playing with "technology" that may or may not be digital. To this end, I offer an exploration into how the existing framework of the New Media Literacies (NMLs) paradigm set forth by Henry Jenkins (2006) in "Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education…
Descriptors: Reggio Emilia Approach, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Media Literacy
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Deunk, Marjolein I.; Berenst, Jan; de Glopper, Kees – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2013
In this paper, we analyse one aspect of home-school book sharing, namely the activity of borrowing a book. We describe how the borrowing activity is accomplished in daily practice in two Dutch preschools and which emergent literacy practices can be embedded in this routine. We followed fifteen children, aged from two years to four years, and…
Descriptors: Interaction, Emergent Literacy, Teacher Student Relationship, Family School Relationship
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Kuby, Candace R. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2013
Drawing on theories of multi-modality and critical visual literacy, this article focuses on images that five-and six year-olds painted in a class-made book, Voice on the Bus, about racial segregation. The article discusses how children used illustrations to convey their understandings of Rosa Parks' bus arrest in Alabama. A post-structural view…
Descriptors: Social Action, Literacy, Visual Literacy, Racial Segregation
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Gregory, E.; Lytra, V.; Choudhury, H.; Ilankuberan, A.; Kwapong, A.; Woodham, M. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2013
In this paper, we illustrate how young children from four faith communities (Tamil Hindu/Saiva, Bangladeshi Muslim, Polish Catholic and Ghanaian Pentecostal) new to London bring together and juxtapose an array of different languages, literacies, learning and discourse styles, communicative resources and experience to create unique personal…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Children, Religious Cultural Groups, Muslims
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Curdt-Christiansen, Xiao Lan – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2013
This article reports on an ethnographic study involving the literacy practices of two multilingual Chinese children from two similar yet different cultural and linguistic contexts: Montreal and Singapore. Using syncretism as a theoretical tool, this inquiry examines how family environment and support facilitate children's process of becoming…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Literacy, Multilingualism, Children
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Souto-Manning, Mariana – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2013
Historically, US schools have failed multicultural and multilingual children of colour and marginalized expansive conceptualizations of home and community literacy practices. Given the importance of fully inclusive education, this article seeks to understand the ways in which young multilingual and multicultural children take up issues of…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Multiracial Persons, Cultural Differences, Inclusion
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Kenner, Charmian; Ruby, Mahera – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2013
Children from minority-language backgrounds have multiple sites of learning: home, community, mainstream school, and in some cases complementary school where they study their mother tongue after school or at weekends. However, due to the institutional constraints of an education system based on monolingual principles, mainstream teachers are often…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Multilingualism, Teacher Collaboration, Curriculum Development
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Long, Susi; Volk, Dinah; Baines, Janice; Tisdale, Carmen – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2013
This article takes a new look at issues of marginalization and equity in literacy practice by focusing on the concept of syncretism and teachers' creation of opportunities for young children to draw on knowledge from multiple worlds as, together, they construct new texts, contexts and practices. Recognizing that the strengths and needs of too many…
Descriptors: Literacy, Culturally Relevant Education, Critical Theory, Power Structure
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Kucirkova, Natalia; Messer, David; Whitelock, Denise – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2013
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of personalized books on parents' and children's engagement during shared book reading. Seven native English parents and their children aged between 12 and 33 months were observed at home when sharing a book made specifically for the child (i.e. a personalized book), a comparable book with no…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Reading Aloud to Others, Toddlers, Observation
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Shah-Wundenberg, Mihika; Wyse, Dominic; Chaplain, Roland – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2013
This paper reports research that investigated parental support for children's reading of English in an inner-city school in the developing country context of an Indian city, Ahmedabad. Children had oral proficiency in the regional language but were beginning to acquire conventional forms of literacy in English. Sociocultural mediation theory…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Urban Areas
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Naqvi, Rahat; McKeough, Anne; Thorne, Keoma; Pfitscher, Christina – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2013
The effectiveness of dual-language book reading in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms is largely uncontested. Yet there are repeated calls for more research to determine how this resource can be used more broadly and effectively by teachers, especially in emergent-literacy learning contexts. In the present study we analysed…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Culturally Relevant Education, Language Usage, Childrens Literature
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