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ERIC Number: EJ1053851
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1183-1189
The Missing Tooth: Case Illustrations of a Child's Assembled, Out-of-School Authorship
Winters, Kari-Lynn
Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research and Practice, v22 n1 p3-25 Fall 2012
Case illustrations of a six-year-old boy's adventures with a missing tooth are used in this paper to re-define a broader notion of authorship. Drawing on theories of social semiotics, New Literacy Studies (NLS), and critical positioning, this notion of authorship not only interweaves the boy's preferred modes of meaning-making and communication, but also considers his sociocultural environments. Findings suggest that each mode of meaning-making (linguistic, symbolic, musical, etc.) has its own semiotic potential (both affordances and limitations) and that all authorship needs to be framed critically, within social contexts, in order to better understand and facilitate young children's abilities to garner, interpret, design, and communicate ideas across a range of semiotic systems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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