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ERIC Number: EJ1055777
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0020-7187
Limes and Lemons: Teaching and Learning in Preschool as the Coordination of Perspectives and Sensory Modalities
Kultti, Anne; Pramling, Niklas
International Journal of Early Childhood, v47 n1 p105-117 Apr 2015
This article proposes a conceptualization of teaching and learning in early childhood education, as the coordination of perspectives held by children and teachers through engaging different sensory modalities in the learning process. It takes a sociocultural theoretical perspective. An empirical example from a routine mealtime situation is presented to illustrate the ideas. In the example, the teacher and young children, aged 1-3 years, engage in a dialogue about limes and lemons. Within this dialogue, over mealtime in a preschool, children and teachers interconnect experiences to make mutual sense. It is argued that teaching can be conceptualized in terms of coordinated actions and more specifically the coordination of communicated perspectives, modalities, and experiences. This notion of teaching is useful to clarify how teachers can support children's learning in the collective arena of preschool. It highlights the social and communicative nature of teaching in a form appropriate to understanding this process in the context of this setting. Through coordinating perspectives, experiences and situations across time, the teacher is shown to facilitate the children's participation, communication in a second language, and, per implication, learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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