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Network for children's early literacy receives grant for three workshops

The network Nordic Early Literacy Education will organize a workshop series on exploring imagination and creativity through play in early literacy during 2023–2024.

The purpose of the Nordic Early Literacy Education network is twofold. Partly to create knowledge about children's emergent literacy skills and development, partly to increase knowledge about this within Nordic teacher education for preschool and transitional years.

One part of this is the three workshops that will be organized in 2023 and 2024. The title of the series is Exploring imagination and creativity through play in Nordic early literacy education.

For this, the network has received a grant from The Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS). NOS-HS supports exploratory workshop series to promote the development of new research areas and programmes within the fields of humanities and social sciences in the Nordic countries.

  • Workshop 1 will be about Playful early literacy environments and will be arranged in spring 2023 at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Sogndal, Norway (responsible: associate professor Hilde Hofslundsengen).
  • For workshop 2, the topic is More-than-human perspectives on early literacy. It will take place in autumn 2023 at Åbo Akademi University, Vaasa, Finland (responsible: university lecturer Sofia Jusslin).
  • The third and final workshop concerns Play-responsive teaching of early literacy and will be organized in the spring of 2024 at Linnaeus University in Kalmar. Senior lecturer Maria Magnusson is responsible for this arrangement.

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