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The Routledge Handbook of Digital Literacies in Early Childhood

Edited by: Ola Erstad , Rosie Flewitt , Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer , Íris Susana Pires Pereira

Print publication date:  July  2019
Online publication date:  July  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138303881
eBook ISBN: 9780203730638
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As fast-evolving technologies transform everyday communication and literacy practices, many young children find themselves immersed in multiple digital media from birth. Such rapid technological change has consequences for the development of early literacy, and the ways in which parents and educators are able to equip today?s young citizens for a digital future.

This seminal Handbook fulfils an urgent need to consider how digital technologies are impacting the lives and learning of young children; and how childhood experiences of using digital resources can serve as the foundation for present and future development. Considering children aged 0?8 years, chapters explore the diversity of young children?s literacy skills, practices and expertise across digital tools, technologies and media, in varied contexts, settings and countries.

The Handbook explores six significant areas:

  • Part I presents an overview of research into young children?s digital literacy practices, touching on a range of theoretical, methodological and ethical approaches.
  • Part II considers young children?s reading, writing and meaning-making when using digital media at home and in the wider community.
  • Part III offers an overview of key challenges for early childhood education presented by digital literacy, and discusses political positioning and curricula.
  • Part IV focuses on the multimodal and multi-sensory textual landscape of contemporary literary practices, and how children learn to read and write with and across media.
  • Part V considers how digital technologies both influence and are influenced by children?s online and offline social relationships.
  • Part VI draws together themes from across the Handbook, to propose an agenda for future research into digital literacies in early childhood.

A timely resource identifying and exploring pedagogies designed to bolster young children?s digital and multimodal literacy practices, this key text will be of interest to early childhood educators, researchers and policy-makers.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Researching the digital literacy and multimodal practices of young children Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Theorizing digital literacy practices in early childhood Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Researching digital literacy practices in early childhood Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Ethics and researching young children’s digital literacy practices Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Comparative global knowledge about the use of digital technologies for learning among young children Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Young children’s digital literacy practices in the home Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Reconceptualizing the home of digital childhood Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Older siblings as mediators of infants’ and toddlers’ (digital) media use Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Safety issues in young children’s digital literacy practices at home Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Children’s divergent practices and access to digital media in home, school and neighbourhood communities Download PDF
Chapter  11:  “You know what’s glitching?” Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Digital and media literacy-related policies and teachers’ attitudes Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Pedagogical approaches to digital literacy in early years education Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Inclusivity and young children’s digital literacy practices in early education Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Young children’s digital play in early childhood settings Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Remixing emergent literacy education Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Posthuman theory as a tool to explore literacy desirings Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Young children’s writing in the 21st century Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Digital reading in the early years Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Children’s reading in the digital age Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The role of moving images in young children’s literacy practices Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Availability and quality of storybook apps across five less widely used languages Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Young children’s e-books as digital spaces for multimodal composing, translanguaging and intercultural sharing Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Virtual play Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The quantified child Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Minecraft ‘worldness’ in family life Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Digital literacy practices in children’s everyday life Download PDF
Chapter  28:  P(l)aying online Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Webs of relationships Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Future pedagogical approaches to digital and multimodal practice in early childhood education Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Emergent challenges for the understanding of children’s digital literature Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Researching children’s play and identity in the digital age Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Taking a wide-angled view of contemporary digital literacy Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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