Print Literacy Development

Print Literacy Development

by Victoria Purcell-Gates, Erik Jacobson, Sophie Degener
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674022548

ISBN-13: 9780674022546

Pub. Date: 09/01/2006

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Is literacy a social and cultural practice, or a set of cognitive skills to be learned and applied? Literacy researchers, who have differed sharply on this question, will welcome this book, which is the first to address the critical divide. The authors lucidly explain how we develop our abilities to read and write and offer a unified theory of literacy development

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Is literacy a social and cultural practice, or a set of cognitive skills to be learned and applied? Literacy researchers, who have differed sharply on this question, will welcome this book, which is the first to address the critical divide. The authors lucidly explain how we develop our abilities to read and write and offer a unified theory of literacy development that places cognitive development within a sociocultural context of literacy practices. Drawing on research that reveals connections between literacy as it is practiced outside of school and as it is taught in school, the authors argue that students learn to read and write through the knowledge and skills that they bring with them to the classroom as well as from the ways that literacy is practiced in their own different social communities.

The authors argue that until literacy development can be understood in this broader way educators will never be able to develop truly effective literacy instruction for the broad range of sociocultural communities served by schools.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674022546
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
0.47(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

1The learn to read and write : students who fail and succeed1
2The LPALS study12
3How does print literacy develop?23
4Literacy as social practice29
5Print literacy as cognitive skill development41
6The seeming incommensurability of the social and the cognitive63
7Print literacy development through a widened lens81
8The course of print literacy development in and out of school126
9Signs and symbols : research implications for best practice159

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