Language and social practices: Everyday talk constructing school-literate practices

Danby, Susan J. (2002) Language and social practices: Everyday talk constructing school-literate practices. In Makin, Laurie, Diaz-Jones, Criss, & McLachlan, Claire (Eds.) Literacies in Early Childhood: Changing Views, Challenging Practices. MacLennan & Petty, Eastgardens, N.S.W., pp. 55-70.


A wider definition of literacy takes into account understandings that language is a social practice where teachers construct and maintain particular versions of school-literate classroom practices. By focusing on how young children accomplish their everyday talk in the classroom, this chapter shows a view of childhood language that describes children as already competent communicators within their social worlds. Extracts of children’s talk and conversations are used to show children’s competent use of language and interpretations of the social worlds in which they operate. An investigation of a particular type of classroom language experience, show-and-tell, analyses how teachers use this experience to inform children about how to become literate in the practices of the classroom. In addition, analysis shows how children display their language and social competence in operating in both the teacher’s social order as well as their own.

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ID Code: 9358
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: pre, school, literacy, children, show and tell, news session, classroom, early childhood
ISBN: 0864331622
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 MacLennan & Petty
Deposited On: 06 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 05:35

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