Using Photographic Picture Books to Better Understand Young Children’s Ideas of Belonging: A Study of Early Literacy Strategies and Social Inclusion
AbstractThis study examined the ways young children (3 years 11 months to 7 years 9 months) talk about and demonstrate their understanding of social inclusion through the use of self-produced family photograph books. One hundred eighty-seven children from the Greater Toronto Area participated in the study by first sharing their personal photograph books with a small group of peers and then exploring books produced by children unknown to them. A mixed methods approach was used where children’s understanding of vocabulary was documented and small focus group discussions were
transcribed and analyzed. This article focuses on the study’s qualitative findings that children spoke about and conveyed their understanding of concepts surrounding social inclusion (inclusion, diversity, respect, acceptance, understanding) based on (1) their learning of the social inclusion vocabulary, (2) their personal
experience with social inclusion, and (3) their talk of social inclusion
in relation to social identity. These themes and their implications for early childhood education are discussed.
Copyright (c) 2013 Yiola Cleovoulou, Heather McCollam, Erica Ellis, Lauren Commeford, Isabelle Moore, Annie Chern, Janette Pelletier
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