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ERIC Number: ED456450
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Pages: 11
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Texts in Homes and Communities.
Pahl, Kate
This paper considers how children's text making is shaped by the environment in which the texts are made. By considering texts made in classrooms and texts made in homes, the paper explores how classrooms and homes interact with children's (6-7 year old boys) reflective processes as they create artifacts--drawings, models, and writings. The paper draws on research from a longitudinal ethnographic study on children's meaning making in homes and communities. It states that three families were selected for the study, and the children were visited fortnightly, where data were collected in the form of photographs and texts, and some interaction was taped; in addition, visits were made to the children's classrooms to acquire background information on text making in schools. The paper concentrates on what it calls "ephemera, mess, and miscellaneous piles" that is the backdrop to the creation of texts within homes. It looks at how homes shape texts, how children make texts within a context, and at the interaction between reflection and transformation, between a child's making of the text and the stuff from which a text is made. To analyze the texts, the paper draws on the work of P. Bourdieu and work from social semiotics by G. Kress and T. van Leeuwen, and also draws on work by linguists who acknowledge that children's text making is very visual. It also draws on the concept of "syncretic" literacy practices, to describe when children use a diverse cultural mix when making texts in the home. The paper contrasts this with a discussion about classrooms and considers what the making of texts in homes can communicate about practices in classrooms. (Contains 2 figures and 14 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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