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ERIC Number: EJ860025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1476-718X
Mediated Discourse Analysis: Researching Young Children's Non-Verbal Interactions as Social Practice
Wohlwend, Karen E.
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v7 n3 p228-243 2009
Young children often use actions rather than talk as they interact with objects and each other to strategically shape the social, material, and cultural environment. New dynamic research designs and methods are needed to capture the collaborative learning and social positioning achieved through children's non-verbal interactions. Mediated discourse analysis (MDA), a hybrid ethnographic/sociolinguistic approach rooted in cultural-historical activity and practice theories, analyzes mediated actions with objects. A three-year ethnographic study of children's literacy play illustrates the five-stage process in MDA research design that resulted in microanalysis of children's activity with social practices, positioning and spaces that included and excluded peers. (Contains 3 figures, 1 table and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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