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Multiliteracies and Early Years Innovation

Perspectives from Finland and Beyond, 1st Edition

Edited by Kristiina Kumpulainen, Julian Sefton-Green


248 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138361607
pub: 2019-09-27
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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 to 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 post-graduate students with an interest in early years education, literacy education, the sociology of digital culture, school reform, teacher education and comparative education.

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  1. Multiliteracies and early years innovation: Perspectives from Finland and beyond
  2. Kristiina Kumpulainen and Julian Sefton-Green

  3. Early years teachers’ work and play with multiliteracies
  4. Lisa Kervin and Barbara Comber

  5. Finnish teachers making sense and promoting multiliteracies in early years education
  6. Heidi Sairanen, Jonna Kangas and Sara Sintonen

  7. Conceptualizing and recontextualizing child and teacher multiliteracy goals in video production
  8. Jessica Zacher Pandya

  9. Promoting young children’s scientific literacy as a dynamic practice
  10. Jenni Vartianen and Kristiina Kumpulainen

  11. Multiliteracies pedagogy promoting young children’s ecological literacy on climate change
  12. Chin-Chin Wong and Kristiina Kumpulainen

  13. Finding a space for a theory of multiliteracies: Librarians, boundary work, and definitions of literacy
  14. Rebecca Willett

  15. Making the Moomins: A Finnish/English adventure
  16. Jackie Marsh, Alexandra Nordström, Heidi Sairanen and Minna Shkul

  17. In transition to school: across vernacular and institutional multiliteracies
  18. Ola Erstad

  19. Positive affect in young children’s multiliteracies learning endeavors
  20. Alexandra Nordström, Kristiina Kumpulainen and John Potter

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

Michael Dezuanni


About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Early Childhood Education

This series provides a platform for researchers to present their latest research and discuss key issues in Early Childhood Education.

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