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ERIC Number: EJ1085549
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 40
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1468-7984
Young Children's Identities Becoming: Exploring Agency in the Creation of Multimodal Literacies
Kuby, Candace R; Vaughn, Margaret
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, v15 n4 p433-472 Dec 2015
This cross-case qualitative study draws on poststructural notions of identity to explore the relationship between multimodal literacies of young children and their becoming identities. Although research focuses on the products or texts of multiliteracies, more research is needed to examine shifting identities in the process of students creating. This study uses mediated discourse analysis to analyse interactions across one school year in a kindergarten (five- and six-year-olds) and a second-grade (seven- and eight-year-olds) classroom. Four insights are discussed across cases: (1) understanding and recognition of shifting identities, (2) the children becoming and doing teacher, (3) being a multimodal visionary and (4) living as a mentor designer and teacher. Insights highlight a 'multimodal as agency' stance, suggesting that through the process of creating multimodal forms of literacy, positions were instantiated and identities were re/negotiated. We encourage early childhood educators to create multimodal curricular spaces to facilitate young children's agency and becoming identities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 2; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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