Multimodal texts in kindergarten rooms

This article provides an overview of the results of our project “The Kindergarten Room: A Multimodal Pedagogical Text”. Our major initiative was to investigate what the multimodal texts in kindergarten represent and the extent to which they reflect and provide attributions to the children’s activities. In addition, we wanted to investigate whether kindergarten walls and floors can be called ‘pedagogical texts’, and the extent to which texts on walls and floors establish a particular text culture. The study is being carried out in Norway. Our analytical approach is situated within the theoretical framework of Michael Halliday’s social semiotics and systemic functional linguistics. A kindergarten room is a composite design that spatially utilises the co-deployment of various semiotic resources, such as architecture, language and visual images, and is thus viewed as a multimodal text. Our multimodal analysis is primarily based on the work of Kress and van Leeuwen. Our research is a qualitative study of three kindergartens. The material consists of video observations, photographs, field notes, documents and interviews with teachers and children. We believe that our analysis contributes to the body of knowledge regarding texts in the kindergarten room, the purpose of these texts, and thus the factors that influence the composition of kindergarten rooms.

Media Literacy Research Index

The purpose of this index is to bring together and promote international media literacy and media education research. The index is updated regularly, and you can also inform us about missing research via e-mail. Information presented here is all openly available in the Internet. Accessing full articles may require permission from the publisher.

Please, report to us if there is a malfunctioning link or if the information presented in the index is incorrect.

Medialukutaidon ja mediakasvatuksen viitetietokanta

Viitetietokannan tarkoituksena on tehdä näkyväksi medialukutaitoa ja mediakasvatusta käsittelevää tutkimusta. Tietokantaan on koottu yhteen kansainvälistä aiheita käsittelevää tutkimusta. Tietokantaa päivitetään säännöllisesti. Voit myös täydentää tietokantaa toimittamalla puuttuvan tutkimuksen tiedot sähköpostitse. Tietokannassa esitetyt tiedot ovat vapaasti saatavilla Internetissä. Kokonaisten artikkelien lukeminen saattaa edellyttää lupaa kustantajalta.

Ilmoitathan sähköpostitse, mikäli jokin linkki ei toimi tai esitetty tieto on väärin.