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ERIC Number: EJ1141487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1559-9035
A Case Study of Struggle and Success: Profiling a Third Grader's Reading and Writing in a Multimodal Curriculum
Wiseman, Angela M.; Pendleton, Melissa; Christiansen, Christine; Nesheim, Nicole
Journal of Language and Literacy Education, v13 n1 p55-69 Spr 2017
This article reports findings on a case study of Ellie as she participates in a language arts curriculum that incorporates multimodal literacy practices--including photography, drama, and art--to teach reading and writing. Our study was informed by the theoretical framework of multimodal social semiotics, which provides insight into how mediational tools allow for greater complexity of thought while engagement within the modes expands the potentials for learning. Multimodal interaction analysis (Norris, 2004) was applied to video data from this study. Findings reveal the significance of using photographs for Ellie's meaning making in the third grade classroom. In addition, we were able to observe how Ellie's responses at times conflicted with the intentions or expectations of the classroom. This study reveals the significance of multimodal video data analysis as a way of understanding the complexity of literacy practices in the classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 3; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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