A leading seller for K-8 literacy programs, this extremely popular reading methods text has a simple goal: to provide aspiring teachers with the tools to help every student learn to read and write. Now titled Literacy: Helping Students Construct Meaning, this edition continues to provide preservice and in-service teachers with the information, techniques, and strategies to help all students become literate. Cooper and Kiger's text is distinguished in the field by its use of practical literacy lessons and authentic examples to clearly demonstrate how to teach reading and writing. Authentic, full-color children's stories (in excerpts or in their entirety) model extended literacy lessons throughout the text.
J. David Cooper is a retired professor from Ball State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Reading Education from Indiana University. Prior to teaching at the college level, he taught at elementary and secondary schools in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Cooper has served as a consultant to the Department of Education in Washington, DC, numerous state departments of education, and school systems throughout the country. He is very active in the International Reading Association. He has served as an editor of Indiana Reading Quarterly and as a reviewer for such leading journals as The Reading Teacher, the Journal of Reading, and the National Reading Conference Yearbook. In 1990, he was awarded the Outstanding Service Award from Indiana Reading Professors.
Nancy D. Kiger has almost 40 years experience in education. She is retired from the College of Education at the University of Central Florida where for 15 years she taught courses in reading, language arts, and children's literature as well as supervising student teachers. She also taught at universities in Indiana and Missouri. She began teaching as an elementary classroom teacher; later she taught reading at the elementary and middle-school levels in Indiana. She also has been a writer and editor of literacy materials for almost 20 years. She earned her Ed.D. at Ball State University. Dr. Kiger is co-author, with J. David Cooper, of Literacy Assessment: Helping Teachers Plan Instruction, 3/e (HMCo 2008).