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Multiliteracies and Early Years Innovation
Perspectives from Finland and Beyond

ISBN 9781032089690
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
228 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Multiliteracies and Early Years Innovation: Perspectives from Finland and Beyond brings together internationally renowned scholars to investigate and reflect upon the significance of introducing multiliteracies in the education of children (0–8 years old) and the challenge of enhancing professional development opportunities of early years practitioners.

The book brings together curriculum innovation and reform and the changing media ecology of young children's learning lives in a single volume. It provides insights into Finnish early years education in terms of policy, practice, and research with a specific focus on the enhancement of children’s multiliteracies. Case studies from around the world explore co-developing practices between researchers and teachers, the development of communities and the ways in which different classroom interventions draw on new kinds of teacher knowledge.

This book will appeal to academics, researchers, and postgraduate students with an interest in early years education, literacy education, the sociology of digital culture, school reform, teacher education, and comparative education.

Table of Contents


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List of contributors


1. Multiliteracies and early years innovation: Perspectives from Finland and beyond

    Kristiina Kumpulainen and Julian Sefton-Green

2. Early years teachers’ work and play with multiliteracies

    Lisa Kervin and Barbara Comber

3. Finnish teachers making sense of and promoting multiliteracies in early years education

    Heidi Sairanen, Jonna Kangas and Sara Sintonen

4. Conceptualizing and recontextualizing child and teacher multiliteracy goals in digital video production

    Jessica Zacher Pandya

5. Promoting young children’s scientific literacy as a dynamic practice

    Jenni Vartianen and Kristiina Kumpulainen

6. Multiliteracies pedagogy promoting young children’s ecological literacy on climate change

    Chin-Chin Wong and Kristiina Kumpulainen

7. Finding a space for a theory of multiliteracies: Librarians, boundary work, and definitions of literacy

    Rebekah Willett

8. Making the Moomins: A Finnish/English adventure

    Jackie Marsh, Alexandra Nordström, Heidi Sairanen and Minna Shkul

9. In transition to school: across vernacular and institutional multiliteracies

    Ola Erstad

10. Positive affect in young children’s multiliteracies learning endeavors

    Alexandra Nordström, Kristiina Kumpulainen and John Potter

11. Children’s Minecraft multiliteracy practices and learning through peer pedagogies

          Michael Dezuanni

12. Conclusions: Future directions of multiliteracies scholarship and practice

         Kristiina Kumpulainen and Julian Sefton-Green


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Kristiina Kumpulainen is Professor of Education and Scientific Director?of the Playful Learning Center?at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Julian Sefton-Green is Professor of New Media Education at Deakin University, Australia.