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Young Children’s Exploration of Semiotic Resources during Unofficial Computer Activities in the Classroom
Stockholm University, Sweden.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities, Swedish.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, ISSN 1468-7984, E-ISSN 1741-2919, Vol. 10, no 3, p. 271-293Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The paper describes and discusses the learning potential of unofficial techno-literacy activities in the classroom with regards to Swedish 7–8-year-olds’ exploration of semiotic resources when interacting with computers. In classroom contexts where every child works with his or her own computer, such activities tend to take up a substantial amount of time. The children have access to a wide range of sites and programmes and show an interest in discovering these resources. The paper thus explores a previously often neglected site for learning, located in the official classroom context but involving self-chosen activities with contemporary technology. In terms of theory and methodology, social semiotic ethnography is introduced into the field of young children’s techno-literacies. It is illustrated how a social semiotic approach allows for a more detailed analysis of the semiotic resources, whereas ethnographic data are necessary for an understanding of how such resources are put to use.

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Sage , 2010. Vol. 10, no 3, p. 271-293
Keywords [en]
affordance, contemporary technology, computers, semiotic resource, social semiotic ethnography, techno-literacy, unofficial literacy activity, young children
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-5869DOI: 10.1177/1468798410372159OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-5869DiVA, id: diva2:278205
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