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Distributed cognition in early literacy
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  • Authors:
    Lancaster L, Flewitt R
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  • Place of publication:
    New York
  • Pagination:
    137, 155
  • Editors:
    Kummerling-Meibauer B,Meibauer J,Nachtigaller K,Rohlfing K
  • Medium:
    Printed book
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  • Book title:
    Learning from Picturebooks: Perspectives from Child Development and Literacy Studies.
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  • Keywords:
    distributed cognition, early literacy, multimodal, young children
  • Addresses:
    Lesley Lancaster
    Manchester Metropolitan University
    United Kingdom
In this chapter we take a critical stance towards the view that literacy learning is a mental activity, with distinct boundaries between mind, body and events. The authors suggest that early symbolic learning requires a sharing of the cognitive load, distributed between participants, tools, and settings. Associated texts are also seen as distributed and multimodal, enfranchising young children as readers and authors before they are familiar with conventional systems. We explore these contentions through a consideration of studies carried out by the authors, examining how children under the age of four interpret and produce texts in a home setting.
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