Desirable Literacies: Approaches to Language and Literacy in the Early Years / Edition 2

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Overview

What are the ways in which young children learn to communicate? Collating their extensive experience of language and literacy in the early years, the contributors explore key aspects of this topic, linking practical ideas for early years settings and classrooms to relevant theory and research.

This second edition is updated to take into account important developments in research, policy and practice, and now covers the 0-8 age range. It also addresses developments in new media and the impact this has upon literacy in young children, and offers chapters on new areas which have emerged in recent years, such as multimodality, media literacy, creative arts and literacy.

Explored in the book are:

" the relationship between play and literacy;

" the role environmental print has in early literacy development;

" the language and literacy development of young bilinguals;

" ideas, suggestions and justifications for the use of poetry;

" a two-year research project, funded by Creative Partnerships; and

" key issues relating to family literacy.

This book will be of interest to experienced practitioners, and to student teachers on a range of early years courses, as well as to professionals and managers of children's centres and services, this book conveys the excitement shared by both children and practitioners in celebrating children's developing literacies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847872821
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/8/2008
  • Series: Published in association with the UKLA Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jackie Marsh is Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield, UK, where she conducts research on young children's play and digital literacy practices in homes, communities and early years settings and primary schools. Her most recent publications include Changing Play: Play, Media and Commercial Culture from the 1950s to the Present Day (with Bishop, 2014) and Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy (edited with Larson, 2013). Jackie is an editor of the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy.

Dr. Elaine Hallet is a Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the Institute of Education, London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Jackie Marsh and Elaine Hallet
Learning to talk, talking to learn - Jim McDonagh and Sue McDonagh
Living in two worlds: The language and literacy development of young bilinguals - Naomi Flynn
White cars like mice with little legs: Poetry in the early years - Liz Stone and Julia Gillen
Signs and symbols: Environmental print - Elaine Hallet
Early Reading Development - Guy Merchant
Developing writing in the early years - Ann Browne
Multimodal Literacies - Rosie Flewitt
Looking with a different eye: Creativity and literacy in the early years - Kate Pahl
Play, drama and literacy in the early years - Julie Dunn
ICT and literacy - Tim Waller
Media iteracy in the early years - Jackie Marsh
Family literacy - past and present - Viv Bird
Going fishing: observing, assessing and planning for literacy development in young children - Fran Paffard
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