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Abigail Hackett & Pauliina Rautio (2019) Answering the world: young children’s running and rolling as more-than-human multimodal meaning making, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 32:8, 1019-1031, DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2019.1635282

Answering the world : young children’s running and rolling as more-than-human multimodal meaning making

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Author: Hackett, Abigail1; Rautio, Pauliina2
Organizations: 1Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
2University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2019
Publish Date: 2021-06-30


This paper makes a case for a view of young children’s meaning-making in which human actants are not separate from, but deeply entwined in, a more-than-human world. In order to interrogate the more-than-human processes through which multimodal meaning-making emerges, we focus on meaning-making through running and rolling that we have observed in early childhood settings in Finland and the UK. In doing so, we rethink the process of bringing-into-relation that underpin multimodal literacy practices. Ingold’s notion of correspondence is offered as a generative way to conceptualize the interplay between human and nonhuman elements as they ‘make themselves intelligible to each other’ (p.97). We show how posthuman theory offers the possibility for reconceptualising emergence and intentionality, within young children’s meaning-making.

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Series: International journal of qualitative studies in education
ISSN: 0951-8398
ISSN-E: 1366-5898
ISSN-L: 0951-8398
Volume: 32
Issue: 8
Pages: 1019 - 1031
DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2019.1635282
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: This work was supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery Scheme under Grant DP160101008. HREC Approval Number: H11590 and the British Academy under Grant pf170025.
Copyright information: © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.