Peer scaffolding techniques and approaches in preschool children’s multiliteracy practices with iPads

Kirova, A and Jamison, N.M (2018) 'Peer scaffolding techniques and approaches in preschool children’s multiliteracy practices with iPads.' Journal of Early Childhood Research, 16 (3). pp. 245-257. ISSN 1476-718X

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/1476718X18775762

Abstract

This article presents findings from a 4-month qualitative intrinsic case study that examined 25 preschool children’s early multiliteracy experiences and technology uses within the context of their homes and classroom. First, to find out about the different forms of technology and literacy practices the children participated in within their homes and classroom, we surveyed 13 parents and the two classroom teachers. Next, we conducted regular in-class observations, interviewed seven children about their digital experiences, and analyzed digital artifacts created on the iPads. Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory of learning grounded our interpretation of the classroom events and artifacts regarding multiliteracy practices. We gave special attention to the role of adult and peer scaffolding. This article briefly outlines the process of teacher scaffolding and discusses in detail the instances of peer scaffolding that emerged. Of importance were two video series that demonstrated a more capable peer using various strategies and approaches to scaffold her peers in creating digital literacy texts. Based on the data, we argue that more capable peers can be important sources for scaffolding young children’s multiliteracy experiences in preschool classroom contexts. The findings from this study offer teachers and educational researchers insights into how young children may be engaged in and scaffolded by both teachers and peers in their multiliteracy practices prior to formal schooling.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: iPads, multiliteracy practices, peer scaffolding, preschool, zone of proximal development
Divisions: School of Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1476718X18775762
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2020 11:44
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2020 11:44
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