Many Pathways To Literacy / Edition 1

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This unique and visionary text is a compilation of fascinating studies conducted in a variety of cross-cultural settings where children learn language and literacy with siblings, grandparents, peers and community members. Focusing on the knowledge and skills of children often invisible to educators, these illuminating studies highlight how children skilfully draw from their varied cultural and linguistic worlds to make sense of new experiences.

The vastly experienced team of contributors provide powerful demonstrations of the generative activity of young children and their mediating partners - family members, peers, and community members - as they syncretise languages, literacies and cultural practices from varied contexts.

Through studies grounded in home, school, community school, nursery and church settings, we see how children create for themselves radical forms of teaching and learning in ways that are not typically recognised, understood or valued in schools.

This book will be invaluable reading for teachers, teacher educators, researchers and policy-makers who seek to understand the many pathways to literacy and use that knowledge to affect real change in schools.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415306171
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/19/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Introduction : syncretic literacy studies : starting points 1
1 A sociocultural approach to learning 6
Pt. I The family context : siblings and grandparents 21
2 Mediating networks for literacy learning : the role of Puerto Rican siblings 25
3 Samia and Sadaqat play school : early bilingual literacy at home 40
4 'Right, get your book bags!' : siblings playing school in multiethnic London 52
5 Buzz Lightyear in the nursery : intergenerational literacy learning in a multimedia age 66
6 Storytelling and Latino elders : what can children learn? 77
Pt. II Friends as Teachers 89
7 Making a place for peer interaction : Mexican American kindergartners learning language and literacy 93
8 Community school pupils reinterpret their knowledge of Chinese and Arabic for primary school peers 105
9 'How do I read these words?' : bilingual exchange teaching between Cantonese speaking peers 117
10 Friendship literacy : young children as cultural and linguistic experts 129
11 Learning to be just : interactions of White working class peers 142
Pt. III Learning in community settings 155
12 Change and tradition in literacy instruction in a Samoan American community 159
13 Multilingual flexibility and literacy learning in an Urdu community school 171
14 The African American Church : a beacon of light on the pathway to literacy for African American children 182
15 His eye on the sparrow : teaching and learning in an African American church 195
16 Cultural literacy in the world of Pueblo children 208
Conclusion : many pathways : implications of syncretic literacy studies for practice and research 221
References 226
Index 245
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