Preschool literacy environment in the Nordic countries
2016 (English)In: Abstract book. 26th EECERA Annual Conference, Happiness, Relationships, Emotion & Deep Level Learning, Dublin, 31st-3rd September, 2016, 2016Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
The aim of the current study was to detect similarities and differences in the preschool literacy environment in the Nordic countries, with a special focus on what the environment offered to multilingual children who do not speak the language. Some minor studies (Bøyum, Hofslundsengen, Haukedal & Pedersen, 2016; Dahlgren, Gustafsson, Mellgren & Olsson 2013; Mellgren, Skriver Jensen & Hansen 2010; Mårdsjö Olsson & Löfström 2008; Simonsson, 2004; Svensson 2005, 2007, 2009; Öman 1986) has indicated less literacy activities in some preschools. This study expands on the earlier work of literacy environment. The theoretical base is socio-cultural as artefacts are looked upon as vehicles of the culture in which children live. We present a survey of the literacy environment in Finland, Norway and Sweden. The data consisted of mapping in 20 preschool classrooms in each of the three countries including number of books, children's access to books, reading and writing activities and digital tools. The participating preschools gave informed consents to data collection. This study contributes to knowledge about what experiences of literacy children at the ages of 0 to 6 years get during their stay in preschool, if these experiences differ among the Nordic countries and if so, how and in what way they differ. The finding from the study adds to the limited knowledge about literacy learning in the Nordic preschool system, 171 and implies the importance of preschools literacy environment for children's development of emergent literacy skills.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
learning environment, early literacy, shared book reading, preschool quality, language development
Research subject Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61361OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-61361DiVA: diva2:1081611
EECERA 2016, 26th EECERA Annual Conference, Dublin, 31st-3rd September, 2016