I recently presented at the Early Years 2014 conference in Vancouver, BC. My presentation summarized a case study I conducted last year for a graduate course called Literacy and Multimodality, taught by Dr. Maureen Kendrick, in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia. By examining what two children with disabilities did in their daily lives to “make meaning / communicate”, I argue for expanded notions of early literacy that better position all children as competent meaning-makers. Multimodality theory helps to reframe notions of early literacy in such a way so that everyone has a place: everyone has what Christopher Kliewer refers to as “literate citizenship” in the early childhood community. (see references list for citations to Kliewer’s research).
The link here is just a brief summary that accompanied my conference presentation.
I completely revised a much longer version of the original paper and submitted it to the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy. It is in peer review at the moment.
I have also submitted a slightly different version of this paper for consideration to NAEYC 2014 to take place in Dallas, TX.