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The literacy environment of preschool classrooms in three Nordic countries: challenges in a multilingual and digital society
Western Norway University of Applies Sciences, Norway.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education and Teacher's Practice.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5806-4475
Åbo Akademi University, Finland.
Åbo Akademi University, Finland.
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2018 (English)In: Early Child Development and Care, ISSN 0300-4430, E-ISSN 1476-8275, p. 1-14Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the physical literacy environment of preschools in three Nordic countries. The environments were assessed using an observation protocol in a total of 131 classrooms with children aged between one and seven in Sweden, Norway and Finland. The results showed that children’s books were common and accessible in all three countries. Half of the preschools had a writing centre, and digital devices were available in less than half of them. Multilingual children were present in 82% of the classrooms, but texts and books in the multilingual children’s first languages were rare. Taken together, the results suggest that children’s books were the main gateway to literacy in these preschools, while artefacts supporting writing skills and digital literacy were less common. The findings indicate that the physical environment in these preschools did not reflect the ongoing societal changes towards increased multimodal literacy.

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Taylor & Francis, 2018. p. 1-14
Keywords [en]
early literacy, preschool quality, literacy environment, Nordic countries, writing centre, multilingualism
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Pedagogy
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-74972DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2018.1477773OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-74972DiVA, id: diva2:1213102
Available from: 2018-06-04 Created: 2018-06-04 Last updated: 2018-06-04

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