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Popular Culture and Literacy Development
Uppsala University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Curriculum Studies.
(English)Conference paper (Refereed)
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Popular culture and new technologies have a role to play in young children’s literacy development. Consumer culture provides children with a shared repository of images, characters, plots and themes which take up more and more of the space alongside words. Popular cultural texts are deeply embedded within the literacy lives of the families and every child has his or her literacy history.


There is often a dissonance between children’s experiences and school practices with regard to popular culture. Many teachers are suspicious about the quality of children’s media and consumer culture. They fear its effects on reading and writing and think that this kind of culture make children passive and threaten their creativity. Popular culture, however, hold a particular attraction for children. Many children also grab the popular culture as a ticket to other children and create an unofficial curriculum “behind the backs of the teachers”


The research presented in this paper is a part of a three years long study, in progress. The goal is to explore the contexts in which seven children, all born 1998, experience literacy. Most of the data comes from the children’s families but much is also taken from nurseries and pre-schools.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-102831OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-102831DiVA: diva2:216833
Konferensbidrag vid "14th European Conference on Reading", 31 juli - 3 augusti 2005, ZagrebAvailable from: 2009-05-12 Created: 2009-05-12 Last updated: 2009-06-02Bibliographically approved

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