Multiliterate Star Warians: The Force of Popular Culture and ICT in Early Learning

  title={Multiliterate Star Warians: The Force of Popular Culture and ICT in Early Learning},
  author={Sandra Hesterman},
  journal={Australasian Journal of Early Childhood},
  pages={86 - 95}
  • S. Hesterman
  • Published 1 December 2011
  • Education
  • Australasian Journal of Early Childhood
CAN POPULAR CULTURE AND information communication technologies (ICT) broaden early years' multiliteracies experiences? This paper presents a case study that begins with boys role-playing Star Wars action scenes at the commencement of the school year, and concludes with an end-of-year school community celebration of a new DVD Star Wars movie sequel, designed and performed by the boys. The Children's Star Wars Project was developed in a small Western Australian independent community school… 

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