Making everyday meanings visible- investigating the use of multimodal map texts to articulate young children’s perspectives

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Gowers, Sophia Jane 2021. Making everyday meanings visible- investigating the use of multimodal map texts to articulate young children’s perspectives. Journal of Early Childhood Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/1476718X211062750
AuthorsGowers, Sophia Jane
Abstract

The use of multimodal approaches to articulate young children’s perspectives are evident in a wide range of recent research. This paper explores the creation of multimodal map-texts as a strategy to engage with young children and articulate their perspectives. It describes the development of a flexible map-based approach that was used in home, early years and community settings with children aged four to five years in England. Illustrative examples are included in which children represented and shared their views on the image-based texts they encountered within their everyday lives through the creation of a multimodal map-text. In this approach to research, children are viewed as competent message creators whose engagements encompass a range of modes and media. Consideration was given to young children’s multimodal meaning-making practices throughout the act of mapping, as well as the resulting text. Taking this approach revealed knowledge, perspectives and contextual information which may otherwise have been overlooked. The paper concludes by identifying the contribution that children’s map-texts can make when building a picture of young children’s experiences, and appraises the advantages and limitations of map-making as a strategy for engaging with young children in research.

Keywordsmultimodality; children’s meaning making; visual methods; case study; early childhood literacy; participatory
Year2021
JournalJournal of Early Childhood Research
PublisherSage
ISSN1741-2927
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1476718X211062750
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/626147
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Publication dates08 Dec 2021
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Deposited13 Dec 2021, 09:49
Accepted20 Sep 2021
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