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Apprentice story writers: exploring young children’s print awareness and agency in early story authoring

Cremin, Teresa (2017). Apprentice story writers: exploring young children’s print awareness and agency in early story authoring. In: Cremin, Teresa; Flewitt, Rosie; Mardell, Ben and Swann, Joan eds. Storytelling in Early Childhood: Enriching language, literacy, and classroom culture. London and New York : Routledge (In Press).

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This chapter examines the contribution of Paley’s (1990; 1992) storytelling and story acting pedagogy to young children’s growing word and print awareness and their agency in early story authoring. Whilst many scholars have asserted and documented the value of Paley’s approach for children’s oral development and narrative comprehension (e.g. Cooper, 2009; Nicolopoulou, McDowell and Brockmeyer, 2006; Nicolopoulou, Cates, de Sá and Ilgaz, 2014), considerably less attention has been paid to its potential contribution to children’s early writing and their development as authors. In telling their tales to an adult, children watch as the adult scribes their spoken words and later they participate in bringing their own and others’ written tales to life through enactment. This close observation of adults’ writing, coupled with their active participation in the acting out of their peers’ stories were salient features of children’s participation in a recent UK based study of the approach upon which this chapter draws. In half the settings, children (aged 3-6 years old) initiated their own writing activities, authoring and co-authoring their own tales with friends and scribing their peers’ stories for later dramatisation (Cremin, Swann, Flewitt, Faulkner & Kucirkova, 2013). The agency and intentionality shown by these young authors was marked; they seized opportunities to write their own narratives and to scribe others’ tales and in the process learnt about writing through their authorial engagement.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 1-138-93213-2, 978-1-138-93213-5
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Evaluation of the Helicopter Technique of Storytelling and Story Acting (E-12-002-TC)Not SetMakeBelieve Arts
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Education Futures
Item ID: 47051
Depositing User: Teresa Cremin
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2016 10:48
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 06:26
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