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Bringing ethnography to a multimodal investigation of early literacy in a digital age

Flewitt, Rosie (2011) Bringing ethnography to a multimodal investigation of early literacy in a digital age. Qualitative Research, 11 (3). pp. 293-310. ISSN 1468-7941. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

In this article I reflect on the insights that the well-established traditions of ethnography can bring to the more recent analytic tools of multimodality in the investigation of early literacy practices. First, I consider the intersection between ethnography and multimodality, their compatibility and the tensions and ambivalences that arise from their potentially conflicting epsitemological framings. Drawing on ESRC-funded case studies of three and four-year-old children's experiences of literacy with printed and digital media, I then illustrate how an ethnographic toolkit that incorporates a social semiotic approach to multimodality can produce richly situated insights into the complexities of early literacy development in a digital age, and can inform socially and culturally sensitive theories of literacy as social practice.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: Early years, Ethnography, Multimodality, Literacy, New technologies, Social practice
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Early Years and Primary Education
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2013 15:44
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:03
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