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ERIC Number: ED431538
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Teletubby Tales: Popular Culture in the Early Years Language and Literacy Curriculum.
Marsh, Jackie
Based on the premise that preschool and school settings fail to take into account children's popular cultural interests when developing curriculum content, this study explored the potential of popular culture for motivating young children to engage in literacy and oracy practices. Participating were 94 three- and four-year-olds in two nurseries in inner city areas of a northern English city. The majority of families served by these programs were working class, and many lived in extremely difficult economic circumstances. Literacy activities related to the Teletubbies television program were introduced in these settings. Qualitative data were gathered using field notes, photographs, children's work, and interviews with staff. Data were analyzed for themes, patterns, and significant moments. As illustrated by one specific activity, children making tubby custard and writing their own Teletubby recipes, the findings suggested that incorporating the Teletubby popular cultural text into the curriculum provided motivation and excitement for many children, some of whom were not usually willing members of the "literacy club." (Contains 44 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)