Reading Families: The Literate Lives of Urban Children / Edition 1

Reading Families: The Literate Lives of Urban Children / Edition 1

by Catherine Compton-Lilly
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807742767

ISBN-13: 9780807742761

Pub. Date: 12/11/2002

Publisher: Teachers College Press

This dynamic text offers a rare glimpse into the literacy development of urban children and their families' role in it. Based on the author's candid interviews with her first-grade students, their parents and grandparents, this book challenges the stereotypical view that urban parents don't care about their children's education. By listening closely to the voices of

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This dynamic text offers a rare glimpse into the literacy development of urban children and their families' role in it. Based on the author's candid interviews with her first-grade students, their parents and grandparents, this book challenges the stereotypical view that urban parents don't care about their children's education. By listening closely to the voices of her students and their families, the author helps us to move beyond negative assumptions, revealing complexities that have been previously undocumented.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807742761
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
12/11/2002
Series:
Practitioner Inquiry Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction1
Exploring the Discourses That Occupy Urban Schools6
The Purpose of This Book10
The Plan of This Book12
1.A Theoretical Framework15
Mainstream Discourses About Reading17
Mainstream Discourses About Urban Families18
Discourses in Education20
The Possession of Capital28
Conclusion31
2.Research Methodology32
Site and Participants33
Data Collection35
Analysis of Data39
Being a Teacher-Researcher41
Being a White Teacher42
Conclusion43
3.The Role of Reading in the Lives of My Students and Their Families45
Reading and Survival46
Reading and "Getting Somewhere"47
Not Knowing How to Read52
Conclusion56
4.Parents' and Teachers' Roles in Helping Children Learn to Read60
Parents as Teachers61
Staying on Children64
Conclusion73
5.The Role of Social Relationships in Learning to Read77
Relationships in an Urban Community79
Conclusion93
6.The Construction of Urban Reading Identities96
Parents' Reading Identities97
Conclusion107
7.Contradictions and Complexities110
Challenging and Supporting Mainstream Discourses112
"I Don't Know:" The Limits of Alternative Discourses115
Alternative Discourses and Social Change120
Conclusion122
8.A Concluding Case Study124
Bradford's Family and Reading: Application of a Contextualized Model125
Bradford's Family and Capital132
Implications of This Research137
Appendix143
References147
Index152
About the Author156

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