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ERIC Number: EJ854406
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0312-5033
Word-Play and "Musike": Young Children Learning Literacies while Communicating Playfully
Alcock, Sophie; Cullen, Joy; St George, Alison
Australian Journal of Early Childhood, v33 n2 p1-9 Jun 2008
This paper explores young children's rhythmic, musical, humorous and playful communication in the context of empowering themselves to create meaningful curriculum during teacher-controlled routine morning-tea times in an early childhood education centre. The data, presented as "events", formed part of an interpretive qualitative study exploring young children's experience of humour and playfulness in their communication. The ethnographic-inspired research methods included the researcher as a participant observer. Cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) framed the methodology, and mediated activity was the unit of analysis. CHAT illuminated the tensions, contradictions and power patterns inherent in communicative activity. This paper illustrates how young children's rhythmic musicality serves both communicative and enjoyable functions, and argues that rhythm also forms the basis for young children's developing verbal communication and early literacy learning. The "events" make visible literacy as social practice (Hamilton, 1999).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia