Meeting Difficulties In Literacy Development / Edition 1

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Addressing the sensitive issue of difficulties in literacy development this practical book outlines what is meant by 'literacy' and the barriers to literacy development such as social class, ethnicity, culture and gender. It emphasises practical strategies and programmes to help reduce these barriers at school, family and community levels. Throughout, the highly qualified team of authors relate cognitive, psychological, and socio-cultural perspectives to current curriculum policies, controversies and ethical considerations.

This book enables practitioners to reflect critically upon the choices available to them in assessing and supporting students who experience difficulties in literacy development. Topics covered include a thorough consideration of dyslexia, bilingualism, the conceptualising of literacy, equity issues, and suggestions for assessment and planning for pupils.

This is essential reading for students on initial teacher training courses and teachers on CPD courses in the area of special needs, literacy and dyslexia. It is also a companion course guide for the Open University’s new Difficulties in Literacy Development course.

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'Will be extremely useful for practitioners requiring to engage in the most recent initiatives and ideas on literacy development, and particularly for those who deal with children who experience barriers to literacy, whether these stem from linguistic, cultural, social or cognitive factors.' - British Journal of Educational Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415304702
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/21/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Models of, and debates over, the reading process 1
2 Concepts of dyslexia 23
3 Responses to dyslexia 64
4 Socio-cultural models and approaches 86
5 Gender, ethnicity and experiences of difficulties in literacy development 104
6 Equity, inclusion and the law 123
7 National curricula frameworks for literacy development 149
8 Assessment of barriers to literacy development 188
9 Framework for planning 221
10 School responses to difficulties in literacy 234
11 Supporting students' literacy acquisition at the level of the family 263
12 Towards inclusive schools: considering literacy difficulties 289
Appendices 299
Bibliography 303
Index 327
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