The Matter of the Stick: Storying/(Re)Storying Children's Literacies in the Forest.

Published on Aug 12, 2017in Journal of Early Childhood Literacy
· DOI :10.1177/1468798417712340
Debra Harwood7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Brock University),
Diane R. Collier6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Brock University)
Children's intra-actions with the natural world offer an important lens to revisit notions of literacies. They allow for a decentring of humans – here children – as actors. Also, forest schools and nature-based learning programmes are increasingly erupting across North America, although more commonplace in Europe for a longer period. In this presentation of our research, we feature a storying/(re)storying of data from a yearlong research study of children's entanglements with the forest as a more-than-human world. We ask what we might learn if educators, children and researchers think with sticks, not separate from, but in relation to sticks? Eight preschool children, two educators and two researchers ventured into the forest twice a week over the course of a year, documenting their interactions with a mosaic of data generation tools, such as notebooks, iPads, Go-Pro cameras. The forest offered diverse materials that provoked “thing-matter-energy- child-assemblages” that were significant for the children'...
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