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New technologies, new multimodal literacy practices and young children's metacognitive development

Wolfe, Sylvia and Flewitt, Rosie (2010). New technologies, new multimodal literacy practices and young children's metacognitive development. Cambridge Journal of Education, 40(4) pp. 387–399.

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This paper discusses concepts of learning through 'collaborative multimodal dialogue'. It draws on an ESRC-funded study (RES-000-22-2451) investigating 3- and 4-year-old children's encounters with literacy as they engage with a range of printed and digital technologies at home and in a nursery. The study goes beyond analysis of spoken language, giving a more complete understanding of literacy learning processes through detailed analysis of how children use multiple communicative modes as they experience literacy in different media. These experiences underpin metacognitive development and are crucial to children's abilities to act strategically in future situations. Drawing on notions of literacy as social practice, this paper discusses how the advent of new technologies has introduced new dimensions into young children's literacy learning, the implications of which have not yet been fully recognised in early years policy guidance, training or practice.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education
ISSN: 1469-3577
Keywords: collaborative multimodal dialogue; literacy practices; new technologies; early childhood education; metacognitive development
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 25729
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Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2010 16:23
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 13:22
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