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Gamba, C., & Zeiter-Grau, A.-C. (2009). Interactive readings of children’s literature in day care: Microgenetic analysis of the semiopictorial construction. L1 – Educational Studies in Language and Literature, 9 (1), 35-60. https://doi.org/10.17239/L1ESLL-2009.09.01.01

In line with educational issues involved in emergent literacy practices in preschool, in particular those concerning comprehension processes, this paper focuses on picture-based narrative comprehension during an interactive reading session of a wordless picture book, involving a group of children aged three and their teacher. Children are asked to make inferences about the meaning and outcome of the story, a procedure which gradually elicits their responses on how events link together, thus enhancing their capacity to use prior and implicit knowledge to build the story meaning. Moreover, this study highlights the importance of interaction for developing comprehension. Data collected was analysed following didactic microgenesis, an analytical approach showing that knowledge built during interaction depends on the joint construction of a zone of common meaning by which teacher and children try to adjust to each other. In order to help the process of merging different meanings of the story built online, a text written by researchers, following the narrative structure of the story, was read by the teacher after the picture-based reading. This led us to examine through interactional analysis which semiotic cues were used during recall on the following day, as an additional measure of knowledge construction.


Authors Gamba, C.
Grau, A-C.
Publication date 2009-04-12
DOI 10.17239/L1ESLL-2009.09.01.01
Collection vol 9, issue 1
Subject Literature education
Dialogic reading
Didactic Microgenesis
Emergent literacy
Narrative comprehension
Semiopictorial knowledge
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