Handbook of Research on Literacy and Diversity

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This is the First Research Handbook to Address All Dimensions of Diversity That Have an Impact on literacy achievement. Leading experts examine how teaching and learning intersect with cultural and language differences and socioeconomic disparities in today's increasingly diverse schools and communities. The volume weaves compelling research findings together with theory, policy considerations, and discussions of exemplary instructional practices. It offers fresh perspectives on such topics as family literacy, multiliteracies, drawing on cultural resources in the classroom, factors that promote success in high-poverty schools, equity issues, and ways to reach specific literacy skills. The concluding section provides crucial recommendations for teacher preparation and professional development.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Powerful. The editors have brought together brilliant researchers who make a tremendous contribution to building knowledge about instruction that capitalizes on students' social and cultural contexts. Perhaps most important, they point the way toward taking action that is evidence based and holds potential for making a difference in the literacy lives of our students."--Victoria J. Risko, EdD, Department of Teaching and Learning, Vanderbilt University
 "A much-needed resource, this handbook addresses both the promises and challenges of working with the richly diverse students attending schools today. Respected scholars provide thorough overviews of existing research and theory, highlight what is still to be learned, and offer recommendations for educational policy and practice. Readers will find the focus on English language learners, minority students, and other marginalized groups particularly useful. This volume should be added to the reference shelves of all literacy researchers, and can offer a strong grounding for graduate coursework."--Kristen H. Perry, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Kentucky
"This comprehensive volume challenges the deficit model of diversity and argues for a resource orientation toward difference that is essential to effective teaching for minority children. The book covers a wide range of critical concerns related to literacy and diversity, including policy issues, theoretical developments, instructional strategies, assessment, multiple literacies, social attitudes, and formal and informal learning. Addressing the complexities of the topic in a way that is invaluable, this is an important resource for teacher educators, graduate students, and university researchers, as well as inservice teachers."--Guofang Li, PhD, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University


"Recommended. Graduate, research, and professional collections."--Choice
Educational Review
"A welcome addition to the conversations that dominate contemporary literacy research and graduate studies....The extremely high quality of the contributions, the structure of each chapter, and the issues addressed make this book a 'must have' for literacy researchers and university professors. It is one I will use in my own graduate teaching and from which I will recommend specific chapters to teacher professional learning communities."--Educational Review

"Recommended. Graduate, research, and professional collections."--Choice
Choice Reviews
"Recommended. Graduate, research, and professional collections."--Choice Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606232460
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/29/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lesley Mandel Morrow, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Literacy and Chair of the Department of Learning and Teaching at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her research interests include early literacy development and the organization and management of language arts programs. Widely published, Dr. Morrow is a recipient of the International Reading Association’s Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award and the William S. Gray Citation of Merit, among many other honors, and is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame.

Robert Rueda, PhD, is Professor of Psychology in Education at the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California. His research centers on sociocultural processes in classroom learning, motivation, and instruction, with a focus on reading and literacy in English language learners and students in at-risk conditions. Dr. Rueda is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association, and served as associate editor of the American Educational Research Journal.

Diane Lapp, EdD, is Distinguished Professor of Education in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. Her major areas of research and instruction are issues related to struggling readers and their families who live in economically deprived urban settings. Widely published, Dr. Lapp has received numerous awards, including the International Reading Association’s Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award, and is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Every Child Must Be Visible If We Are to Succeed as a World-Class Nation, Edmund W. Gordon
Introduction, Lesley Mandel Morrow, Robert Rueda, and Diane Lapp
I. Perspectives about Learning among Diverse Students
1. Relating Diversity and Literacy Theory, Honorine Nocon and Michael Cole
2. Policy Related to Issues of Diversity and Literacy: Implications for English Learners, Eugene E. Garcia and Ann-Marie Wiese
3. What Do We Know about the Discourse Patterns of Diverse Students in Multiple Settings?, Iliana Reyes, Leisy Wyman, Norma González, Eliane Rubinstein-Ávila, Karen Spear-Ellinwood, Perry Gilmore, and Luis C. Moll
4. Family Literacy: Recognizing Cultural Significance, Patricia A. Edwards, Jeanne R. Paratore, and Nancy L. Roser
5. Poverty and Its Relation to Development and Literacy, Pedro Portes and Spencer Salas
6. Language, Literacy, and Content: Adolescent English Language Learners, Robert T. Jiménez and Brad L. Teague
II. Special Issues Concerning Literacy
7. Academic English and African American Vernacular English: Exploring Possibilities for Promoting the Literacy Learning of All Children, Cynthia H. Brock, Gwendolyn Thompson McMillon, Julie L. Pennington, Dianna Townsend, and Diane Lapp
8. Engaging Diverse Students in Multiple Literacies In and Out of School, Cheryl A. McLean, Erica C. Boling, and Jennifer Rowsell
9. The New Literacies of Online Reading Comprehension and the Irony of No Child Left Behind: Students Who Require our Assistance the Most Actually Receive It the Least, Donald J. Leu, J. Gregory McVerry, W. Ian O’Byrne, Lisa Zawilinski, Jill Castek, and Douglas K. Hartman
10. Roles of Engagement, Valuing, and Identification in Reading Development of Students from Diverse Backgrounds, John T. Guthrie, Robert Rueda, Linda B. Gambrell, and Danette A. Morrison
11. Robust Informal Learning Environments for Youth from Nondominant Groups: Implications for Literacy Learning in Formal Schooling, Kris Gutiérrez and Carol D. Lee
12. Assessing Student Progress in the Time of No Child Left Behind, Georgia Earnest García and Eurydice B. Bauer
13. Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners: Effective Management of Language Arts Instruction, D. Ray Reutzel, Lesley Mandel Morrow, and Heather Casey
III. Strategies for Teaching
14. Cross-Language Transfer of Phonological, Orthographic, and Semantic Knowledge, María S. Carlo
15. Learning to Read in English: Teaching Phonics to Beginning Readers from Diverse Backgrounds, Linnea C. Ehri
16. Vocabulary Instruction for Diverse Students, Susan Watts Taffe, Camille L. Z. Blachowicz, and Peter J. Fisher
17. Comprehension: The Means, Motive, and Opportunity for Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners, Susie M. Goodin, Catherine M. Weber, P. David Pearson, and Taffy E. Raphael
18. Helping Diverse Learners to Become Fluent Readers, Melanie R. Kuhn and Timothy Rasinski
IV. Preparing Teachers to Teach Literacy to Diverse Students
19. Teacher Knowledge in Culturally and Linguistically Complex Classrooms: Lessons from the Golden Age and Beyond, Django Paris and Arnetha F. Ball
20. Protecting Our Investment: Induction and Mentoring of Novice Teachers in Diversity-Rich Schools, Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher
21. Professional Development: Continuing to Understand How to Teach Children from Diverse Backgrounds, Margarita Calderón
Afterword: From "Just a Teacher" to Justice in Teaching: Working in the Service of Education, the New Civil Right, Eric J. Cooper

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