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ERIC Number: EJ1082916
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Young Readers' Narratives Based on a Picture Book: Model Readers and Empirical Readers
Hoel, Trude
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v23 n5 p673-689 2015
The article present parts of a research project where the aim is to investigate six- to seven-year-old children's language use in storytelling. The children's oral texts are based on the wordless picture book "Frog, Where Are You?" Which has been, and still remains, a frequent tool for collecting narratives from children. The Frog story tradition presents a strictly structured reading of the book--a reading that does not fully match the readings of the children. Inspired by Umberto Eco's concept of "the model reader," I explore the interplay between, on the one hand, the pictures as they appear through a picture-semiotic analysis, and on the other, the empirical readers' narratives and their cultural backgrounds. The main findings are that the Frog story-tradition, in its focus on structure, does not offer a basis for evaluation of the children's narrative language that gives full credit to the children's practices as narrators and language users.
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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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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway
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