Volume 20 Number 3 February 5, 2019

Literacy Events in Writing Play Workshops with Children Aged Three to Five: A Study of Agential Cuts with the Artographic Triple Dimensions as a Lens

Solveig Åsgard Bendiksen
Nord University, Norway

Anna-Lena Østern
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

George Belliveau
University of British Columbia, Canada

Citation: Bendiksen, S. A., Østern, A., Belliveau, G. (2019). Literacy events in writing play workshops with children aged three to five: A study of agential cuts with the artographic triple dimensions as a lens. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 20(3). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.18113/P8ijea20n3


The aim of this article is to explore how the multiple perspectives offered by an artographer’s lens contribute to three literacy events generated by writing play activities for children three to five years old. These events are part of a more comprehensive study of emergent literacy in writing play workshops, focusing on writing in different displays and with different writing tools. The artographer in the comprehensive study is Solveig Åsgard Bendiksen, also the first author in this article. The two other co-authors contribute with artographic methodology and with concepts from agential realism in the analysis of three literacy events. The intra-actions between the artographer, the children, the affects, the affordance of rich materials, and the context as performative agents in diffractive reading produced a number of findings concerning emergent writing literacy, especially concerning emergent cultural literacy.

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