Shaping the Preschool Agenda: Early Literacy, Public Policy, and Professional Beliefs

Shaping the Preschool Agenda: Early Literacy, Public Policy, and Professional Beliefs

by Anne McGill-Franzen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791411966

ISBN-13: 9780791411964

Pub. Date: 12/28/1992

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Making all children “ready to learn” is the first, and probably the most important, national education goal for the year 2000. What does it mean for children to be “ready to learn?”

This book is about the beliefs of the people who are shaping preschool policy. McGill-Franzen tells us what key decision-makers are thinking about preschool

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Overview

Making all children “ready to learn” is the first, and probably the most important, national education goal for the year 2000. What does it mean for children to be “ready to learn?”

This book is about the beliefs of the people who are shaping preschool policy. McGill-Franzen tells us what key decision-makers are thinking about preschool education — what counts as school, who should pay for it, what should be taught, and especially, whether there should be reading and writing programs for four-year-olds.

This book also explores the history of these beliefs. The author locates contemporary early childhood concepts about “developmental appropriateness” in the ideas of physicians and psychologists of the 1920s, 1930s, and in even earlier periods of time. She believes that these ideas no longer work within the broader framework of literacy as embedded in the interactions of cultures children know and the lives they live.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791411964
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
12/28/1992
Series:
SUNY series, Literacy, Culture, and Learning: Theory and Practice Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
227

Table of Contents

1Making Children Ready for School: An Issue for the 1990s1
2Early Schooling, Literacy, and the Law17
3The Early Kindergarten, Readiness, and Reading33
4Child Care, Social Class, and the Government53
5Development: From Mere Description to a Moral Face75
6School Readiness Defined: From Mama Robin to the SATs87
7The Authorities on Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Dispositions, Language, and Cognitively Oriented Active Learning103
8Readiness for School, But What Counts as "School"? Education, Socialization, and Habilitation121
9Equal Opportunity for the Least of Us and Popular in the Suburbs: Public School for Four-Year-Olds135
10Making the Agenda: Conflicts, Windows, and Labels143
11Beginning Reading Materials: Are They Getting Harder?161
12The Shared History: Literacy, Young Children, and Early Schooling171
Appendix185
Notes191
References199
Index219

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