Social media, video data & heritage language learning: Researching the transnational literacy practices of young children from immigrant families

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Abstract

There are a growing number of young children around the globe whose lives now move across the boundaries between nations, languages and cultures. This new phenomenon – childhood on the move – is shaped by the interaction of two types of mobility, population and technologies (mobile phones and social media apps). The literacy practices of these typically multilingual children often transgress the traditional boundaries of time and space and take place in multiple transnational sites. This chapter is based primarily on a study of young children from Chinese immigrant backgrounds, and their heritage language and literacy learning on WeChat, a popular Chinese-language social media app. While some findings of the study will be reported, the main purpose of the chapter is to map out different aspects a researcher who wishes to research transnational literacy practices of young children or migrant children more generally may consider. The chapter examines critically the detour the researcher took during the fieldwork, and in doing so invites reflection on the nature of video-based research as well as debates about video methods in research with young children in the ‘video society’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Playing and Learning with Technology in Early Childhood
EditorsNatalia Kurcirkova, Rowsell Jennifer, Fallon Garry
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter8
Pages107-126
Edition1st
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • heritage language learning
  • social media
  • video data
  • multilingual children
  • immigrant families

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