An exploration of children’s personal literacies
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This is a qualitative study with an ethnographic approach that explores children’s personal literacies in two elementary schools in the city of Medellin, Colombia. Children, parents and teachers participated in this study. Data instruments comprised interviews, class observations and children’s artifacts. The conceptual framework is based on the idea that “Literacy is a social practice” (Street, 2003) and embraces concepts related with Multiliteracy, multimodality, literacy practices, literacy events and in- and out-of-school literacies which helped us construct our own understanding about personal literacy. One that takes into consideration that literacy can occur beyond the school walls and involves various ways of expression children use to convey meaning to themselves and to others. Findings from this study confirm that children have different purposes to carry out their literacies. In their productions, children express their ideas and feelings, interact with others, learn new topics, ...
Literacy; Literacy practices; Literacy events; Multiliteracy; Multimodality; In-school literacy; Out-of-school literacy; Personal literacy.
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