Space, place and early childhood literacy

Nichols, Susan & Nixon, Helen (2013) Space, place and early childhood literacy. In Larson, Joanne & Marsh, Jackie (Eds.) Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy (2nd Ed). SAGE Publications, London, pp. 279-294.

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This chapter examines the changing landscape of literacy in the early years and considers how the diverse spaces and places in which early literacy learning is promoted and takes place can be conceptualised and researched. We argue that early literacy research needs to extend beyond a language focus to become attentive to the embodied, material dimensions of learning environments. The discussion is organised in terms of three kinds of spaces within which children encounter opportunities to participate in communication and representational practices. These are domestic spaces, commercial spaces and spaces of formal education. Theories of spatiality and material semiotics provide the conceptual tools for interpreting research studies located in these spaces. Implications for educators are considered.

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ID Code: 48246
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: literacy and spatial theory, literacy and material semiotics, literacy and learning environments
ISBN: 9780857029249
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 24 Jan 2012 22:49
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2016 16:56

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