Learning in the Early Years: A Multimodal Perspective

THURSDAY 27th NOVEMBER 2014 – London Knowledge Lab

This seminar investigates how a multimodal perspective can provide insights into learning in the early years. Young children are surrounded by, engage with, interpret and express meanings communicated in a huge variety of ways. As they interact with others, explore everyday objects and play, meanings are made, for example, in looking, running, holding, making graphic marks, acting out, and so on, as well as speech. Based on research video data gathered in the nursery, the Reception class and the home, we will explore how a multimodal approach to qualitative analysis can inform our interpretation and understanding of early learning. Opportunities for debate encourage participants to reflect on associated issues and to contribute their own interests and concerns.

Who is this seminar for?

This seminar is aimed at postgraduate researchers, early career researchers and others interested in developing understanding of how a multimodal approach can offer insights into learning in the early years.


10.30-10.40 Welcome

10.40-11.25  Introduction – Diane Mavers

11.25-11.45  TEA/COFFEE

11.45-12.15  Discussion: multimodality and early learning in participants’ own research

12.15-13.00  Young children as apprentice story writers – Rosie Flewitt, in collaboration with Teresa Cremin

13.00-13.45 LUNCH

13.45-14:30  Recording learning in young children’s play – Kate Cowan

14.30-14.45 TEA/COFFEE

14.45-15.30: Literacy learning in early childhood – Lesley Lancaster

15.30-16.00: Closing plenary


Fees: PhD students: £30 Staff at UK academic institutions, RCUK funded researchers, public sector staff and staff at registered charity organizations: £60

Please book a place on the online registration page