Enriching early childhood literacy curricula and practice - a dialogue with Canada. One day conference.

Date: 7 May 2012 Time: 10.00-16.00

Venue: Meeting room 3, FASS building, Lancaster University

Event speakers
Event speakers

The UK and Canada face many similar challenges around early childhood literacy policies. Both countries have immensely rich traditions as well as new innovative approaches towards improving children's learning opportunities in Early Years settings. Canada is a location for several exciting early literacy initiatives characterised by a participatory culture, respect for diversity and a carefully designed role for research. We are glad to welcome several notable scholars from Canada to participate in this unique one day conference, engaging in a dialogue with early literacy practitioners and researchers located in the UK.

Plenary speakers:

Dr Rachel Heydon, Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario

Learning opportunities: The production and practice of kindergarten literacy curricula in an era of change

Dr Kathy Hibbert, Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario

'The Salty Chip'; a Canadian Multiliteracies Collaboration that considers pedagogy in a participatory culture.

Dr Joyce Bainbridge, Professor Emerita, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta

This Land is My Land: The Many Voices of Canadian Picture Books

Dr Rosamund Stooke, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario

Learning Stories from an Early Childhood Literacy Program: Creating Writerly Assessments in Readerly Times

Dr Lesley Lancaster, Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University

Beginning at the beginning: how writing starts

UK Literacy Association bookstall

The cost is £50 including lunch and refreshments. Book here now!

This cost includes either a place in the minibus from Lancaster Stn at about 9.50 (to meet for example the train from London, leaving approx 7.30am, to Lancaster), returning at about 4.10, or a car park space.Each of these options has to be booked in advance for this to apply. No reduction if not taken up.

NB. This is Bank Holiday Monday.

This event is presented by the Lancaster Literacy Research Centre and supported by the UK Literacy Association the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy and the International Journal of Early Years Education.


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: David Barton (Linguistics and English Language), Julia Gillen (Linguistics and English Language), Mary Hamilton

Organising departments and research centres: Educational Research, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keywords: Children, Informal learning, Language, Language education, Literacy, Literacy learning, Technology enhanced learning