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ERIC Number: EJ1003293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1468-7984
Engaging Social Imagination: The Developmental Work of Wordless Book Reading
Lysaker, Judith T.; Miller, Angela
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, v13 n2 p147-174 Jun 2013
The reading process and reading development have been addressed by researchers for decades. As a result we know much about what reading is and how it happens. However, less is known about how reading influences other aspects of children's development, specifically the development of social imagination. To address this, we examined the narrative produced by one child during wordless picture book reading using a conceptually derived coding scheme to identify instances of social imagination. We asked: Is children's use of social imagination visible in wordless book reading, and if so, what does it look like and how might it give us a more detailed in-process view of the reader-text transaction? Results suggest that the use of social imagination is observable in wordless book reading and that it is an integral part of the comprehension of stories. From this we posit that through vicarious engagement with others, the process of reading may influence the relational capacity for social imagination. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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