Early literacy - Towards a unified approach for childcare and school
This paper discusses findings from the Danish contribution to the EASE project, a European research project running from 2008 to 2010 on early literacy in relation to the transition from childcare to school. It explores a holistic, inclusive approach to early literacy that resists a narrow, accountability-oriented Danish policy (mirroring international trends). The paper draws on Brostro ?m?s (2006a, 2006b, 2008, 2009) re-conceptualization of early childhood education and care (ECEC), which conceives of care, upbringing and teaching as a unified whole, challenging both childcare services and schools. The paper also draws on Gee?s (2001, 2003, 2004, 2008) sociocultural approach to literacy, and Honneth?s (2003, 2006) concept of recognition. Emphasizing participation and recognition as key elements, it claims that stakeholders in early liter- acy must pay attention to how diverse early literacy opportunities empower children, especially when these opportunities are employed in a project-based learning environ- ment in which each child is able to contribute to the shared literacy events.
- early literacy, childcare, holistic, school, teaching, unified approach