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ERIC Number: EJ1052336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
"Every Day He Has a Dream to Tell": Classroom Literacy Curriculum in a Full-Day Kindergarten
Heydon, Rachel; Moffatt, Lyndsay; Iannacci, Luigi
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v47 n2 p171-202 2015
Within an era of change to early childhood education and care, this case study of kindergarten classroom literacy curricula sought to understand the production and effects of the curriculum within one urban, Canadian full-day kindergarten that included culturally and linguistically diverse children. Central was a concern for the place of children's interests and funds of knowledge within this production and what opportunities the curriculum provided for children's literacy and identity options. Theoretically, the study drew on actor-network theory and multiliteracies. Using ethnographic tools, the study found that the curriculum diverged significantly from what might have been expected. It was comprised of literacy events characterized by educator attempts to control a dynamic classroom through the management of the children's bodies and voices. Findings suggest that this constrained children from being curricular informants and limited their literacy and identity options. Major actors in the network that produced the classroom literacy curriculum were class size, materials and space with a surprising relative absence of the programmatic curriculum and assessment. The case demonstrates what can happen when a network of actors come together and other actors are not in place to promote literacy curricula that create opportunities to expand children's communication and identity options.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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