UKLA Viewpoints: Literacy in Early Education

Literacy and early literacy learning can be theorised in different ways.

  • Literacy can be thought of as a social and cultural practice that varies across time and place.
  • Encounters with literacies and texts are embodied and affective experiences.
  • Early communication is multimodal, combining words, facial expression, intonation, movement, gesture and posture.
  • Early literacy practices are deeply related to children’s play.
  • Narrative can drive children’s meaning making, which in turn supports symbolic representation needed for reading and writing.
  • English is an alphabetic code and appropriate instruction can support the development of phonological awareness and phonic decoding and encoding of print.

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