Literacy and Digital Culture in the Early Years

Dooley, Karen & Dezuanni, Michael L. (2015) Literacy and Digital Culture in the Early Years. In Dezuanni, Michael L., Dooley, Karen, Gattenhof, Sandra, & Knight, Linda (Eds.) iPads in the Early Years : Developing Literacy and Creativity. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, London, pp. 12-29.

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In this chapter we present data drawn from observations of kindergarten children using iPads and talk with the children, their parents/guardians and teachers. We identify a continuum of practices that extends from ‘educational apps’ teaching handwriting, sight words and so forth to uses of the iPad as a device for multimodal literacy development and substantive conversation around children’s creative work. At the current time high stakes testing and the implementation of the Australian Curriculum are prompting new public and professional conversations about literacy and digital technology. The iPad is construed as both cause of and solution to problems of traditional literacy education. In this context we describe the literacies enabled by educational software available on iPads. We higlight the time constraints which bore on teachers' capacity to enact their visions of literacy education through the iPad platform and suggest ways of reflecting on responses to this constraint.

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ID Code: 82323
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: preschool, digital literacy, iPad
ISBN: 9781138778580
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Routledge
Deposited On: 08 Mar 2015 22:46
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2016 08:26

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