Conceptualising Literacy in the Early Childhood Setting

  • Claire J. McLachlanEmail author
  • Alison W. Arrow
Part of the International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development book series (CHILD, volume 17)


This chapter will provide a brief introduction to literacy research with children in the early years (birth to 8 years) and will identify some of the pressing issues and concerns in research on early literacy. The theoretical framework which underpins many of the studies is explored, identifying that much research into early literacy has employed socio-pyscho-linguistic, social practice and cultural historical explanations of how children learn. The unifying theme of early multi literacies is explored. An overview of the chapters in the book is provided, along with comment on how each chapter contributes to the growing body of early childhood literacy research.


Early Childhood Phonological Awareness Morphological Awareness Emergent Literacy Literacy Practice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Te Hononga, School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of EducationUniversity of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand
  2. 2.Institute of EducationMassey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand

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