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ERIC Number: EJ898732
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
A Mosaic of Words: Using Photo-Narration to Support All Learners
Marinak, Barbara A.; Strickland, Martha J.; Keat, Jane Blakely
Young Children, v65 n5 p32-36, 38 Sep 2010
This article describes collaboration between three university professors and six preschool teachers who used photo-narration and the Language Experience Approach to support the language development of young children. For more than a century, educators have used children's personal experiences as a basis for language and literacy instruction. The Language Experience Approach (LEA) draws upon the important link between experience and education; it extends the practice of scribing a child's discussion to using the child's narrative as the text for reading instruction. Research has shown that LEA is a developmentally appropriate method for gathering the words of young children. Photo-narration is a process in which a person takes photos and then describes the photos to another to illuminate his or her world for the listener. In this case, children described the photographs they took to their teachers. This photo-narration project took place in a culturally and linguistically diverse preschool.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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