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CER Seminar: Creating Identity Texts with Young Children across Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Contexts

Updated 29.04.2021

Wed 21 July 2021

16:30 – 17:30



This presentation shares the culminating literacy-based experiences of children in Canada and Tanzania who participated in a 5-year study, beginning when they were four and five-years-old. As a collective, the Tanzanian children created an identity text in the form of a dual-language book in Kiswahili and English about their daily school experiences. Each Canadian child developed their own personalized book about their involvement in the project. The books included the children’s images and art. This research draws on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that recognizes the importance of children being empowered to communicate their views.

Led by: Dr Jodi Streelasky (University of Victoria, Canada)

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Event timings
16.30 to 17.30 BST
08.30 to 09.30 Pacific Daylight Time

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Presenter Biography

Jodi Streelasky is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education and Literacy at the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island, Canada. Dr. Streelasky’s research focuses on two trajectories of study – examining Indigenous knowledge integration in Canadian primary classrooms and investigating young children’s understandings of diversity and identity in global contexts.


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