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The willy wagtail tale: Knowledge management and e-learning enriching multiliteracies in the early years

Hesterman, S.ORCID: 0000-0001-7491-5527 (2009) The willy wagtail tale: Knowledge management and e-learning enriching multiliteracies in the early years. Knowledge Management and E-Learning, 1 (4). pp. 251-268.

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While our multimedia world, with rapid advances in technologies, now challenges educators to consider new pedagogies that expand cultural and linguistic diversity, the potential for information and communication technologies (ICT) to support literacy learning in the early years remains a seriously under-researched area. There is an urgency to address a range of questions raised by teacher practitioners such as what new literacies will look like in their programs, how ICT can be used to learn in new ways, and which pedagogies of multiliteracies are relevant for early childhood education. This paper explores these questions in relation to knowledge management initiatives and e-learning opportunities. The Willy Wagtail Tale presents a case study of how knowledge management and e-learning is socially constructed to enrich multiliteracies experiences in the early years. The study occurred in a small Western Australian school committed to the Reggio Emilia teaching approach. Implications for educational research are that multiliteracies experiences occur inadvertently through children's play, are integral to The Hundred Languages of Children, and are dramatically enriched through social constructivist knowledge management and child-centered e-learning.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: The University of Hong Kong
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