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Making meaning in Early Years Science Education
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Culture Studies, Religious Studies and Educational Sciences, Curriculum studies. (Early Childhood Education (ECE))
2010 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to discuss how early years science teaching and learning can be understood as a process of meaning making. From a social semiotic perspective focus of interest is on signs and sign making in early years science teaching and learning. The emphasis is on young children and their teacher as sign-makers and their situated use of modal resources. The discussion is based on authentic examples from an on-going Swedish study. The main object is to describe and analyze the signs young children make in concrete learning situations in science. How do children and their teacher, use different semiotic resources and how do they invent new ways to combine the recourses in science learning as a multimodal meaning making process? I will discuss how this process is semiotically designed by children and their teacher during a couple of small group situations. Secondly the analyse and discussion will focus possible effects of frequent patterns of communication on children´s possibilities to learn. The study is based on micro level analysis of the multiplicity of modes of communication that are active in the learning situations. The analysis focuses on a number of modes including: gesture, speech, gaze and movement as well as the teacher and children’s use of artifacts.

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2010.
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-10342OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-10342DiVA, id: diva2:443379
Conference
5 th International Conference on Multimodality, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, 1-3 December 2010
Available from: 2011-09-25 Created: 2011-09-25 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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