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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Multimodal Text Comprehension and Production by Preschool Children: An Interdisciplinary approach of Water Conservation

Dr Maria Papadopoulou, Vasilia Christidou.

Children are constantly exposed to multimodal texts in their daily lives and therefore from an early age they develop strategies and skills in order to decode them. The ways preschool children approach multimodal texts before becoming officially literate constitutes a promising field of research. Little attention has been paid by formal curricula to the variety and the complexity of the available resources, the amount of information they contain at various levels and their educational potential.
The paper presents an experimental three-week interdisciplinary program designed and implemented in a nursery school in a Greek city. Nineteen children (4 to 6 years old) participated in the program, which aimed at initiating children to the issue of water shortage and conservation through the use of multimodal texts. Children engaged in familiarization activities in regards to a) the issue under negotiation and b) the modes of representation in a variety of multimodal texts. Subsequently, they constructed various types of multimodal texts. The results indicate that preschool children are capable of analyzing and producing multimodal texts and that this type of texts constitutes a privileged means for negotiating environmental issues, such as water shortage and conservation.


Dr Maria Papadopoulou  (Greece)
Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics
Department of Preschool Education
University of Thessaly

Maria Papadopoulou is Assistant Professor in the Department of Preschool Education in the University of Thessaly. Her research areas are: language and literacy, text analysis, multiliteracies

Vasilia Christidou  (Greece)
Assistant Professor
Department of Preschool Education,
University of Thessaly

Vasilia Christidou specializes in Science and Environmental Education. Her research interests include science teaching and learning, public understanding of science and scientific text analysis.

  • Preschool children
  • Multiliteracies
  • Water conservation
  • Interdisciplinarity

(Virtual Presentation, English)