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Att läsa bilder med kroppen: En studie om yngre förskolebarns kommunicerande
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
2013 (Swedish)Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Interpreting pictures with the body : A Study of Preshool Children´s Communikation Modes (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to examine young pre-school children´s literacy with a focus on their communication about pictures.  Based on the ethnographic method and video-recorded observations, this study demonstrates how young children communicate about pictures in various media.

The results show that the body language used by young children in combination with various media pictures has a complex structure involving facial expressions, physical gestures and postures, which all contribute to making meaning.  The study also focuses on pictures common in the pre-school environment. The results in this area show that the majority of such pictures feature animals, a circumstance that restricts the children’s meaning-making potential.  Furthermore, the study pays attention to the variations in the balance of power among the children when they communicate about pictures in a book placed on the floor.

The study concludes with a pedagogical discussion of teachers’ use of various media and language stimulation methods to promote literacy in the light of the finding that children use a more bodily-based method of communication.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2013. , 116 p.
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2013:7
Keyword [sv]
Literacy, Multimodalitet, bilder, förskolebarn, Kropp, Kommunikation, Meningsskapande
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Educational Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-26095ISBN: 978-91-7063-481-9OAI: diva2:602055
2013-03-22, 9C 203, Karlstads universitet, Karlstad, 13:00 (Swedish)
Swedish Research Council, 729-2010-200
Available from: 2013-02-28 Created: 2013-01-31 Last updated: 2013-02-28Bibliographically approved

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