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ERIC Number: ED525136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 192
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-5261-4
Playing Their Way into Literacies: Reading, Writing, and Belonging in the Early Childhood Classroom. Language & Literacy Series
Wohlwend, Karen E.
Teachers College Press
Karen Wohlwend provides a new framework for rethinking the boundaries between literacy and play, so that play itself is viewed as a literacy practice along with reading, writing, and design. Through a variety of theoretical lenses, the author presents a portrait of literacy play that connects three play groups: the girls and, importantly, boys, who played with Disney Princess media; "Just Guys" who used design and sports media to make a boys-only space; and a group of children who played teacher with big books and other school texts. These young children "play by design"--using play as a literacy to transform the texts that they read, write, and draw--but also as a tactic to transform their relational identities in the social spaces of peer and school cultures. Emphasizing the importance of play despite current high-stakes testing demands, this book: (1) Provides an argument for re-centering play in early childhood curricula where play functions as a literacy in its own right; (2) Offers cutting-edge analyses and examples of new literacies, popular culture, and multimodal discourses; (3) Illustrates how children's play can both produce and challenge normative discourses regarding ethnicity, gender, and sexuality; (4) Examines the multimodal, multimedia textual practices of young children as they play across tensions among popular media, peer relationships, and school literacy; and (5) Features vivid descriptions, examples of young children in action, and photographs. [Foreword by Jackie Marsh.]
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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