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Making room for the transformation of literacy instructionin the digital classroom
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages. University of Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5248-771X
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0422-6678
2016 (English)In: Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, ISSN 1468-7984, E-ISSN 1741-2919, 1-33 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Education is in the process of transforming traditional print-based instruction intodigital formats. This multi-case study sheds light on the challenge of coping with theold and new in literacy teaching in the context of technology-mediated instruction inthe early years of schooling (7–8 years old children). By investigating the relationbetween literacy and digital technology in diverse pedagogical contexts we capturethe complexity in the educational transformation that needs to be acknowledged.Each of the cases demonstrates a distinct knowledge focus and goal for early literacy instruction, organisation and access around technology and what is made visible ininstruction. All these factors had consequences for the teaching that occurred. Depending on epistemological beliefs, digital competencies were taught separately from literacy and considered as a goal on its own or integrated with literacy considered as a means and a goal for literacy teaching and learning. Implicit pedagogy with weaker classification and framing enabled conditions for infused approaches making use of digital technology in multimodal, functional and learner centred literacy practices. Furthermore, initial guidance and the weaving of invisible and visible pedagogy highlight a possible way to both exploit the potential of digital technology and support childrenfrom various backgrounds. The balance of teacher and student control was further affected in regard to the organisation of technology and choices of pedagogical methods. This research hereby expands the current discussion on the relation betweentechnology and literacy with an understanding that the epistemological focus and contextof practices are necessary tools to problematize, rather than measure or value, emerging practices in early literacy instruction. We conclude that in addition to the necessary heavy investments in digital technology in schools there is a need to provide room for action for the teachers and address issues of purpose, pedagogy and organisation around technology.

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Sage Publications, 2016. 1-33 p.
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Early literacy instruction, digital technologies, literacy practices, pedagogic discourse, classification and framing, educational change, writing
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Educational science; Work Integrated Learning
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-10396DOI: 10.1177/1468798416630779OAI: diva2:1059733
Available from: 2016-12-23 Created: 2016-12-23 Last updated: 2016-12-27Bibliographically approved

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