Future pedagogical approaches to digital and multimodal practice in early childhood education

Authored by: Reijo Kupiainen , Pirjo Kulju , Marita Mäkinen , Angela Wiseman , Anne Jyrkiäinen , Kirsi-Liisa Koskinen-Sinisalo

The Routledge Handbook of Digital Literacies in Early Childhood

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

Print ISBN: 9781138303881
eBook ISBN: 9780203730638
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Rapid societal and technological changes worldwide have challenged educators to reconceptualize pedagogy in early childhood education, as well as in primary settings. Today, young children use a variety of tools, such as images, photos, screens, tablets, written texts, spatial materials, gestures, virtual reality and the Internet of Toys (see Holloway and Green 2016). Their use reflects the diversity in representations and meaning making in formal early childhood educational contexts and at home. In twenty-first-century classrooms, the variety of texts and increased possibilities for digital communication have diversified the ways that children interact, understand and make meaning in different social contexts. Furthermore, classrooms are more diverse due to gender and ethnic differences, identity politics, life experiences, abilities and learning needs, socioeconomic backgrounds and various cultural settings (Kulju et al. 2018).

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