Taking a wide-angled view of contemporary digital literacy

Authored by: Amélie Lemieux , Jennifer Rowsell

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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Digital literacy has a reified feel to it, when in reality there are so many variations and contours to it that demand nuancing and, what is more, it is fraught with issues and tensions such as the digital divide and gatekeeper rhetoric about screen time and the evils of gaming (to name a few). Foregrounding these topics and others, there has been a spate of special issues on digital literacy highlighting embedded relationships with ecoliteracies (Speight 2017), multimodal practices (Garcia and Seglem 2017) and even multimodal learning specific to Nordic countries (Tømte 2018). Another recent special issue was dedicated to the study of early childhood epistemologies and ontologies such as posthumanism (Kuby and Rowsell 2017; Kuby, Spector and Thiel 2019). These special issues pursue newer lines of inquiry such as new materialism and posthumanism as well as more lasting paradigms, all of them thinking about children’s rich capacities to communicate and express themselves in multiple ways. There has been a braiding together of disciplines to allow for this work and it has generated new directions in literacy studies worldwide.

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