Multimodal storytelling for life: Building literacies and numeracies for agentive futures
Understanding the social determinants of childhood health and development.
Young children’s literacy and numeracy capabilities are reliable indicators of future wellbeing and economic participation in society. Children marginalised by social circumstances – remoteness, poverty or culture – face increased developmental vulnerability. While enrolments in early learning sites are on the rise in remote townships, academic results are not, and remote children from Indigenous and culturally-linguistically diverse communities do not always readily identify with traditional (western) approaches. Using multi-modal storytelling as a vehicle for concept development, this project explores the enabling conditions for 3-6-year-old children to become agentive literacy and numeracy participants in their own social worlds.