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Karen E. Wohlwend

In: The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy

Chapter 5: Play, Literacies, and the Converging Cultures of Childhood

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Play, Literacies, and the Converging Cultures of Childhood
Play, literacies, and the converging cultures of childhood
Karen E.Wohlwend

In an era where rapid and widespread change is commonplace, it is not surprising that our ideas about play, literacy, and childhood are also in transition. It is increasingly difficult to separate ways of reading, writing, playing, consuming, producing, and projecting a text that are available in proliferating and constantly-morphing technologies. Even very young children read, write, or play on hand-held interactive screens, their at-home browsings mediated by distant others across global networks. Whether in play at home, on playgrounds, in classrooms, or in virtual worlds, children are producing dynamic texts that are co-played and co-written with others. Yet, early childhood educators know this has always been the case ...

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