Inclusivity and young children’s digital literacy practices in early education

Authored by: Grace Oakley

The Routledge Handbook of Digital Literacies in Early Childhood

Print publication date:  July  2019
Online publication date:  July  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138303881
eBook ISBN: 9780203730638
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This chapter discusses the ways in which digital technologies, with a focus on mobile technologies, can help minimize or remove barriers to inclusive practice in early childhood literacy education. It first concentrates on contexts, definitions and theoretical frameworks relevant to mobile learning and inclusive literacy education in the early years. Next, examples of practice and research on digital technologies and how they can be used to meet diverse literacy needs and practices among young children are presented. To inform this chapter, a review of research was conducted by carrying out a library database search using key terms: iPad, tablet, literacy, mobile technology, oral language, reading and writing. From the results returned, abstracts were read to identify articles that were relevant to the question of how mobile technologies can be used in inclusive literacy education in the early years. In addition to the library database search, the author drew on evidence and knowledge on early childhood literacy, digital technology and mobile learning from a personal database assembled from previous related work that she had undertaken. Much of the literature does not focus on inclusive literacy education and this indicates a gap in the research.

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