The Social Construction of Literacy / Edition 2

The Social Construction of Literacy / Edition 2

by Jenny Cook-Gumperz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521525675

ISBN-13: 9780521525671

Pub. Date: 08/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Literacy - the ability to produce and interpret written text - has long been viewed as the basis of all school achievement; a measure of success that defines both an 'educated' person, and an educable one. In this volume, a team of leading experts raise questions central to the acquisition of literacy. Why do children with similar classroom experiences show different

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Literacy - the ability to produce and interpret written text - has long been viewed as the basis of all school achievement; a measure of success that defines both an 'educated' person, and an educable one. In this volume, a team of leading experts raise questions central to the acquisition of literacy. Why do children with similar classroom experiences show different levels of educational achievement? And why do these differences in literacy, and ultimately employability, persist? By looking critically at the western view of a 'literate' person, the authors present a perspective on literary acquisition, viewing it as a socially constructed skill, whereby children must acquire discourse strategies that are socially 'approved'. This extensively-revised second edition contains an updated introduction and bibliography. This volume will continue to have far-reaching implications for educational theory and practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521525671
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Series:
Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics Series, #25
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
332
Sales rank:
885,983
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents


List of figures     ix
List of tables     x
List of contributors     xi
Preface     xii
Acknowledgments     xv
The social construction of literacy   Jenny Cook-Gumperz     1
Literacy and schooling: an unchanging equation?   Jenny Cook-Gumperz     19
Interactional sociolinguistics in the study of schooling   John J. Gumperz   Jenny Cook-Gumperz     50
The language experience of children at home and at school   Gordon Wells     76
Narrative presentations: an oral preparation for literacy with first graders   Sarah Michaels     110
Differential instruction in reading groups   James Collins     138
Organizational constraints on reading group mobility   Donna Eder     165
Developing mathematical literacy in a bilingual classroom   Douglas R. Campbell     185
Spoken language strategies and reading acquisition   Herbert D. Simons   Sandra Murphy     218
Speaking and writing: discourse strategies and the acquisition of literacy   James Collins   Sarah Michaels     245
The implicit discourse genres of standardized testing: what verbal analogy items require of test takers   MaryCatherine O'Connor     264
References     288
Author index     311
Subject index     313

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