The Playful Writing Project: Exploring the synergy between play and writing with Reception class teachers

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Smith, K. 2021. The Playful Writing Project: Exploring the synergy between play and writing with Reception class teachers . Literacy. https://doi.org/10.1111/lit.12256
AuthorsSmith, K.
Abstract

This study highlights the potential of play to support young children's mark-making and writing and, in turn, shows how writing can become a driver of play. By detailing elements of this symbiotic relationship, the intention was for teachers as practitioner–researchers to deepen their professional knowledge of how best to support young children in meaningful writing activity, thereby countering policy-led reductive understandings of both play and literacy. During a year-long research project, six English reception class teachers gathered photographs, video and multimodal observations of children and used these to analyse how multimodal mark-making and writing occurred as part of play in their classrooms. From this analysis, the concept of ‘playful writing’ was developed. This identified three interconnecting characteristics that mark-making and writing has as part of play activity: social function, multimodal movement and material possibilities. The findings of the study indicate that young children's classroom play stimulates the multimodal, social and material dimensions needed for the creation of meaningful and transformative writing. The study highlights the importance of harnessing teachers' expertise in paying close attention to children's playful literacy, in order to create a strong knowledge base from which to make the best decisions about literacy practices with young children.

KeywordsEarly years; Writing; Reception class; Mark-making; Sociomaterial; Play
Year2021
JournalLiteracy
PublisherWiley
ISSN1741-4369
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/lit.12256
Official URLhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/lit.12256#.YLdhjdb2YhU.twitter
FunderThe Froebel Trust
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Print24 May 2021
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Accepted18 May 2021
Deposited07 Jun 2021
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