Movement, meaning and affect and young children's early literacy practices

DANIELS, Karen (2019). Movement, meaning and affect and young children's early literacy practices. International Journal of Early Years Education.

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    This paper reports on an analysis of patterns of children’s bodily movements in an Early Years classroom. I illustrate two prevalent patterns identified during close observations of children's walking movements as they as they followed their interests while accessing continuous provision in an Early Years setting in England. I termed the patterned pathways movement/ interest formations and draw a relationship between these formations and affective atmospheres, suggesting that these atmospheres were created by the dynamics and flows of children's ongoing bodily movements. I propose that affective atmospheres and movement/interest formations are intricately connected to child-produced meanings as children re-imagine, re-shape and re-purpose classroom spaces and materials. In this way I contribute to conceptual understandings role of children's whole bodily movements and the accompanying affective atmospheres in the emergence of young children's literacy practices. My findings substantiate viewpoints that children should be provided with the opportunity to engage in exploratory play and move freely in education settings. Furthermore, I suggest that practitioners be attuned to the the affective dimensions of young children's emerging literacy practices in Early Years classrooms.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: 1301 Education Systems; 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
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    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2019 16:04
    Last Modified: 12 Jun 2021 01:18

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