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Chapter 17: Multimodal Perspectives on Early Childhood Literacies
Multimodal Perspectives on Early Childhood Literacies
As young children in today's world go about their everyday lives, what are their experiences of literacy? How have the literacy practices they encounter changed as a result of the ‘digital age’, and are print-based definitions still adequate for theorising early literacy? These are profound and unresolved questions that are driving forward the development of diverse strands of current educational theory, and in this chapter, I consider how multimodal perspectives can offer fresh insights into contemporary early literacy learning.
Multimodality offers a new framework for analyzing and responding to a changing communicative landscape, but communication through multiple modes is by no means a new phenomenon. Throughout the history of human culture, mankind has used gesture, ...