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Manuscript deadline
31 May 2021

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International Journal of Early Years Education

Special Issue Editor(s)

Sheila Degotardi, Macquarie University
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Jiangbo Hu, Zhejiang Normal University
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Shelley Stagg Peterson, University of Toronto
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Young Children's Language in Context

Language shapes, and is shaped by the context in which it is used. While ‘context’ frequently specifies geographical location, the concept is much broaderencompassing notions of culture and community as well as the activity within which human behaviour occurs. When considering language and literacy learning, context also refers to discourse features and functions, and to the relationships between the speakers. Every context embodies specific practices, intentions and values, so each one privileges particular words, phrases, meanings and communication conventions. Language also reflects and shapes social identity, creating socially and culturally endorsed ways of representing ideas, intentions and values.   

Context, in every sense, is therefore inextricably intertwined with young children’s language and literacy learning opportunities. In this special issue, we invite researchers to adopt an integrative approach to ‘Language in context’ during the early childhood years‘How does language use reflect the conventions, intentions or values of a particular context?’; What role does context play in children’s language, identity construction and learning?; ‘How do young children and their educators or caregivers traverse between language contexts?’  We invite manuscripts that address these and related questions through diverse theoretical perspectives and methodologies. Please address any questions to [email protected]  

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Submission Instructions

Submissions can include primary research articles, systematic or scoping reviews, or theoretical position papers.

Key Dates:

  • November 15th, 2020Submission of 300 word proposals by e-mail to Sheila Degotardi at [email protected]
  • January 15th 2021: Abstract proposal decision sent to author/s
  • May 31st 2021: First full paper submission due for review via ScholarOne. Please select 'special issues title' when submitting your paper. The review process will continue until December, with final submission due on 7th December 2021 via ScholarOne
  • February 25th 2022: Anticipated date for online publication
  • March 1st 2022: Anticipated date of print copy publication 

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