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Title: Text and image : an investigation into children's picture books in the development of child literacy : a rationale
Author: Knight, Karenanne
ISNI:       0000 0004 2716 3731
Awarding Body: University of Winchester
Current Institution: University of Winchester
Date of Award: 2009
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This research has been written up as a piece of creative writing and an accompanying reflexive rationale which explores childhood; learning to read and theories of reading and learning; reading, reading schemes and the National Curriculum; the creation of the picture book in terms of the text, image and narrative and how children respond to both the reading scheme book and the commercial picture book as reading material. The aim is to show how the fusion of text and image in Children's Picture Books are crucial to the development of Child Literacy. Using reflexive research, the thesis investigates the fusion of text and image in the picture book and discusses the different ways it can be used to create a desirable reading form. It then discusses the importance of what children read and how they read it before engaging in a series of experiments to gauge children's responses concerning the format of their reading books. The thesis then uses the results of these experiments to create and design a thirty-one picture storybook series based on the fusion of text and image, using a unique methodology called 'lost and found', for the pre-reader to fluent reader, of which two books are presented in this thesis. Through the ongoing reflexive rationale I describe this process as the writer and illustrator of the picture book material, namely the picture book maker. The thesis traces the evolution of the initial story concepts from the technical process to the final product or dummy book, then it evaluates how successful they might be in developing literacy. The thesis combines both reflexively critical and creative elements, though it is fundamentally a creative body of work, with an accompanying reflexive rationale, which is built on an underlying body of theoretical knowledge.
Supervisor: Melrose, Andy ; McCaw, Neil ; Stuart, Elizabeth Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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