Is Literacy Enough?: Pathways to Academic Success for Adolescents / Edition 1

Is Literacy Enough?: Pathways to Academic Success for Adolescents / Edition 1

by Catherine E. Snow, Michelle V. Porche, Patton O. Tabors
     
 

ISBN-10: 1557669147

ISBN-13: 9781557669148

Pub. Date: 03/01/2007

Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company

Q: Do strong early literacy skills guarantee later reading and academic success?

A: No. While early literacy skills are important, they’re not enough to ensure later school success.

Four literacy experts lay out the evidence in this compelling book, based on the well-known Home-School Study of Language and Literacy Development that

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Overview

Q: Do strong early literacy skills guarantee later reading and academic success?

A: No. While early literacy skills are important, they’re not enough to ensure later school success.

Four literacy experts lay out the evidence in this compelling book, based on the well-known Home-School Study of Language and Literacy Development that inspired the landmark resource Beginning Literacy with Language.

Following a group of children living in low-income families from preschool through high school, the authors charted the students’ outcomes using test data to reflect language and literacy skills, self-report data reflecting motivation and engagement in school, and interviews with students, teachers, and parents. Through the sobering discoveries made during this long-term study, readers will discover the critical importance of factors such as

  • ongoing reading support in middle school and high school, especially in the area of comprehension
  • academic and emotional support from teachers and parents
  • the intermediate steps needed to achieve long-term goals
  • risk factors such as attending multiple schools, family disruption, and social-emotional difficulties

Readers will also see how the specific risk factor of poverty relates to achievement, motivation, and school climate, and how elements of a special education model—more student/teacher interaction, smaller class size, and student directed learning—could enhance the quality of educational programs serving all adolescents.

With this enlightening, meticulously researched book, all education professionals will gain a better understanding of factors critical to school success—and learn how to develop programs that go beyond K–3 literacy to help adolescents reach their full potential.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557669148
Publisher:
Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
153
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


About the Authors
Foreword Timothy Shanahan and Cynthia R. Shanahan
Preface

  1. The Ever-Narrowing Path to School Success

  2. Closing the Literacy Achievement Gap and Promoting Reading for Learning: Two Challenges

  3. Early Language and Literacy Skills and Later Reading Comprehension: Literacy Predicts Literacy

  4. Continuities in Literacy, Discontinuities in Outcomes: Middle and High School

  5. Motivational and Scholastic Resources that Predict Academic Success

  6. Different Motivational Characteristics in Learners: The Carrot or the Stick?

  7. Projections of Triumph and Frustration

  8. Lessons Learned and Lessons Needed: Seeking the Missing Puzzle Pieces

References
Index

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