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Flewitt, Rosie; Messer, David; Kucirkova, Natalia – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2015
In this paper, we discuss how iPads offer innovative opportunities for early literacy learning but also present challenges for teachers and children. We lent iPads to a Children's Centre nursery (3- to 4-year-olds), a primary school reception class (4- to 5-year-olds) and a Special School (7- to 13-year-olds), discussed their potential uses with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Technology Integration
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Hvit, Sara – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2015
The present study originates in an interest in toddlers' spontaneous literacy activities and Swedish preschool practice. The curriculum for Swedish preschool (National Agency for Education, 2011b) clearly states that preschools should work on the basis of a holistic view of the child and that activities should be both enjoyable and based on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Toddlers, Literacy Education
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Ioannidou, Elena – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2015
The current paper examines teaching practices in three first-grade primary classrooms (age range from five years and nine months old to six years and nine months old) in Greek Cypriot public schools, exploring whether the wider changes in critical literacy education declared on a policy level are influencing classroom literacy practices. Greek…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Elementary Education, Grade 1
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McKee, Lori L.; Heydon, Rachel M. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2015
This exploratory case study considered the opportunities for print literacy learning within multimodal ensembles that featured art, singing and digital media within the context of an intergenerational programme that brought together 13 kindergarten children (4 and 5 years) with seven elder companions. Study questions concerned how reading and…
Descriptors: Printed Materials, Literacy Education, Kindergarten, Multimedia Instruction
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Baird, Ashley Simpson; Kibler, Amanda; Palacios, Natalia – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2015
This case study examines one Honduran immigrant family's community of practice during home literacy events. Data include field notes and audio and video recordings from six weeks of in-home observations. Coding and discourse analysis are used to analyse talk-in-interaction in order to understand how the family engages in literacy events. Family…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Family Relationship, Case Studies, Immigrants
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Collier, Diane R. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2015
Everyday cultural resources that originate outside school offer possibilities for multimodal creativity and identity play, as children consume, transform and produce multimodal texts. In this study, Kyle, a boy in elementary school, fluidly performed social identities and engaged in playful and parodic rescripting of identities and resources from…
Descriptors: Masculinity, Athletics, Elementary School Students, Males
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Damber, Ulla – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2015
The enquiries in this study were directed towards the reading of children's literature in preschool with the aim of describing and analysing how read-alouds were carried out in 39 preschools in the northern and southern parts of Sweden. How often were read-alouds performed? How long were they? How was literature chosen? Who initiated the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Oral Reading, Reading Aloud to Others
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Fletcher, Kathryn L.; Finch, W. Holmes – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2015
The purpose of the current study was to examine how maternal reading strategies and book type would impact on toddlers' responsiveness as they became familiar with three books. Eleven mothers and their 2- to 3-year-olds were recorded reading the same set of three different books (i.e. word book, narrative book and no narrative book) on four…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Books, Mothers, Toddlers
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Chan, Lydia L. S.; Sylva, Kathy – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2015
While there have been reviews over the past decade of studies examining second-language (L2) acquisition and also emergent literacy development, these related bodies of knowledge have not generally been considered together in relation to the education of very young English-language learners. This paper attempts to do so in a selective manner by…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Second Language Learning, Environmental Influences, Family Environment
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Musu-Gillette, Lauren E.; Barofsky, Meryl Y.; List, Alexandra – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2015
Using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Cohort of 1998 (ECLS-K, 98), a nationally representative sample of kindergarteners in the United States, we investigated the relationship between approaches to learning and spring reading achievement with particular emphasis on classroom and school-level differences. We employed…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Kindergarten, Correlation, Learning Strategies
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Liebeskind, Kara G.; Piotrowski, Jessica T.; Lapierre, Matthew A.; Linebarger, Deborah L. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2014
Children who start school with strong language skills initiate a trajectory of academic success, while children with weaker skills are likely to struggle. Research has demonstrated that media and parent-child interactions, both characteristics of the home literacy environment, influence children's language skills. Using a national sample of…
Descriptors: Family Literacy, Family Environment, Parent Child Relationship, Academic Achievement
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Fisher, Teresa R.; Albers, Peggy; Frederick, Temmy G. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2014
Young children frequently tell visual stories, drawing pictures to record and share their thoughts, feelings and understanding. How and what young children describe through art, especially when written language is not an option, is the focus of this interpretive analysis. A series of pictures by John, a 6-year-old boy, were drawn across the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Literacy Education, Young Children, Freehand Drawing
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Black, Rebecca W.; Korobkova, Ksenia; Epler, Alexandra – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2014
This paper examines the ways in which Mattel's "Barbie Girls" and "Xtractaurs," online sites aimed at girls and boys of six years of age and up, respectively, offer markedly distinct literate and semiotic resources for their young users. Analysis focuses on the multimodal layers of meaning and the mediating tools,…
Descriptors: Play, Interaction, Content Analysis, Web Sites
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Lucero, Audrey – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2014
Research suggests that teachers need to scaffold emergent bilingual students as they develop the complex language associated with school success. This may especially be true in dual language settings, where children are learning two languages simultaneously. In this study, therefore, I investigate the linguistic scaffolding practices of…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Bilingualism, Academic Discourse
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Suortti, Outi; Lipponen, Lasse – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2014
The present study is the first part of a longitudinal research project investigating whether children become more aware of phonemes or rhyming when they learn letters or letter sounds or even begin to read, and if so how. For the present paper, the phonological awareness of young children aged 2-6 years was analyzed, particularly their auditory…
Descriptors: Phonology, Auditory Perception, Phonemes, Rhyme
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