The Magic of Language - Young Children´s Relations to Language, Reading and Writing

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 31/12/2012
Funding: 6170000 SEK


This project investigates young children´s relations to language, reading and writing in a globalized society. Some of the more important features of globalization could be described as concerning a changed knowledge-production, an increase in multicultural encounters, as well as in communication through visual languages. The project focuses how these broad domains affect preschool children´s learning of language, reading and writing as contents of knowledge. The project will also highlight possible didactical consequences for teaching, assessing and evaluating language, reading and writing in preschool. An overview of the field shows that research is conducted, for the greatest part, on children aged 5 to 6 years, e.g children apporoaching school age. The overivew also makes visible that there is a need for research that, within one collected research effort, takes into account how the above described transformations in a globalized society might affect preschool children´s learning and preschool´s teaching, assessing and evaluating of language, reading and writing. The current project will draw upon Günter Kress writings on children as sign-makers and signs as multimodal as well as the two French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari´s ideas of an unexplored and creative dimension of language. The work will be realised through adopting ethnographic methods and conducting participatory observation and child interviews in 3 preschools over a longer period of time.

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