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Early literacy development in today's world: a multimodal perspective. A talk to the Literacy Research Discussion Group by Rosie Flewitt, The Open University.

Date: 8 March 2011 Time: 1.00-2.00 pm

Venue: C89 County South (Meeting Room 7)

On March 8th Rosie Flewitt, the Open University, will be speaking to the Literacy Research Discussion Group on:

Early literacy development in today's world: a multimodal perspective

There is little doubt that digital media now play a significant part in everyday literacy practices in the UK, but what impact do they have on young children's literacy learning at home and in early education? In this workshop I will report on a small-scale ESRC study that explored the range of traditional and digital literacy resources that 3 and 4-year-old children encountered at home and in one Sure Start early years nursery in the south of England. Drawing on questionnaire and interview data, along with ethnographic video case studies, I will discuss practitioner and parental beliefs about the role of new technologies in young children's present and future lives, and how the young children studied developed literacy knowledge and skills as they engaged with the different representational modes available to them in a range of media, from making marks with crayons on paper, to sharing illustrated story books, computers, interactive TV screens, games consoles and digital toys. The talk will then explore the implications of these findings for theories of literacy as social practice.

Rosie is a Research Councils UK Academic Fellow in the Educational Dialogue Research Unit at the Open University. Her research interests include young children's communication and meaning making at home and in early years education, with a current focus on early literacy practices with print and digital technologies. In many of her studies, Rosie has combined ethnographic approaches with multimodal analysis, always with an eye to reflexivity and subjectivity in education research.

As usual, the meeting will be held in C89 County South, 1-2pm.

All welcome!

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Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Julia Gillen, Karin Tusting

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

Keywords: Children, Literacies, Literacy, Literacy practices, Multimodalities


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