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"I drew first then I wrote": nine-year old students' ideas on their choice of sociosemiotic resources and conceptions of assessment when creating multimodal texts
Kristianstad University, Faculty of Education, Avdelningen för humaniora. Kristianstad University, Faculty of Education, Forskningsmiljön Barndom, Lärande och Utbildning (BALU).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0006-4202
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Research focusing multimodal aspects of children's literacy development exists, but there are few studies investigating students' own perspectives on their choice of semiotic resources and conceptions of assessment, when creating multimodal texts at school. The study presented therefore aims at analyzing what modalities the students prefer to use in their meaning making when producing multimodal texts that will be evaluated by their teacher.

 

Theoretically, the study is based on linguistic sociocultural (Vygotskij, 1978; Säljö, 2014), sociosemiotic research (Kress 2003; Kress & Van Leeuwen, 2006; Løvland, 2006) and second language research (Axelsson, 1998; Cummins, 2001; Damber, 2010).

 

The aim of this interview study is to analyze what modalities the students prefer to use in their meaning making in multimodal text productions which will be evaluated by their teacher. The material discussed includes texts and interviews produced by nine-year old students attending mainstream classrooms during the school year 2012/2013, while they were producing one multimodal text each about the Stone Age. Since the text productions already have been analyzed and reported (Borgfeldt and Lyngfelt 2014), the study presented here includes interviews with the individual students (n=15) and a discussion related to the earlier analysis on the sociosemiotic resources in the students' text productions.

 

The interviews show that most of the students - regardless of linguistic background - express that they prefer using images instead of written text for text production. If they are able to choose, one third prefers to use the computer and one third prefers to express themselves by making a drama or a movie. Most of the students have difficulties in verbalizing their thoughts on assessment and do not understand how or in what way the teacher will evaluate their text production, even if the teacher has formulated what is being asked for from the students. Thus, there seems to be a risk for discrepancy between the students' preferences and ideas of qualities in their multimodal meaning making, and the teacher's evaluation of their works. To decrease this risk the students need to understand more of what is being asked for, and why, when creating multimodal texts for their text productions.

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Kristianstad, 2015.
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-19370OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-19370DiVA, id: diva2:1319936
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NERA 2015 the 43rd Annual Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association, Göteborg, Sverige, 4-6 March 2015
Available from: 2019-06-03 Created: 2019-06-03 Last updated: 2019-09-05Bibliographically approved

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