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Understanding Phonics And The Teaching Of Reading / Edition 1
     

Understanding Phonics And The Teaching Of Reading / Edition 1

by Kathy Goouch, Andrew Lambirth
 

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ISBN-10: 0335222269

ISBN-13: 9780335222261

Pub. Date: 01/01/2008

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

"The book’s strength lies in the ability of the contributors to draw conclusions in relation to the reading debate and constructively justify moving away from the reliance on a single phonics approach based on evidence from empirical research. ...The book offers a timely warning against reading becoming synonymous with

synthetic phonics instruction, of

Overview

"The book’s strength lies in the ability of the contributors to draw conclusions in relation to the reading debate and constructively justify moving away from the reliance on a single phonics approach based on evidence from empirical research. ...The book offers a timely warning against reading becoming synonymous with

synthetic phonics instruction, of children becoming mere ‘functional decoders of print’ (p. 53). The argument turns to the very real need for children to develop and

understand the ‘joy, relevance and use for reading’ (p. 79); indeed in the current climate of synthetic phonics instruction children are in danger of losing the ability or

the will to look at a book for pleasure."

Early Years

Debates about the teaching of reading and particularly which phonics method teachers should use have been simmering for many years. This groundbreaking book offers critical perspectives on the teaching of reading and phonics, openly challenging contemporary policy in both England and the US.

As well as providing refreshing insights into how children encounter texts in the increasingly complex world of literacy, the book celebrates the complexity, pleasure and passion that are the foundations of becoming a successful reader. Each chapter explores in-depth the processes involved as children engage in reading, from their interactions with texts in the very earliest stages through to the primary phase. Drawing on both research and theory, the book also shows how some contemporary understandings of reading are based on over simplistic and rationalised ideas about the reading process.

A unique feature of this book is that it combines academic perspectives with the insights of parents and practitioners. The participation of those most closely involved with children complements the lively debate and contributions from researchers, providing a rich and inclusive range of ideas.

Understanding Phonics and the Teaching of Reading is a stimulating read for educational studies students, students of teaching and learning, policy makers, educational researchers and teachers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780335222261
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Contributors     vii
Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction: sound and fury   Kathy Goouch   Andrew Lambirth     1
What is early childhood for?   Tricia David     9
Parents' voices: a conversation with parents of pre-school children   Kathy Goouch     23
Understanding educational discourse: attending to multiple voices   Kathy Goouch     41
The limits of science in the phonics debate   Patrick Shannon     59
Teachers' voices: talking about children and learning to read   Andrew Lambirth     75
To codify pedagogy or enrich learning? A Wengerian perspective on early literacy policy in England   Kathy Hall     88
Social class and the struggle to learn to read: using Bernstein to understand the politics of the teaching of reading   Andrew Lambirth     101
Learning to read across languages: the role of phonics and synthetic phonics   Usha Goswami     124
Inquiry into meaning: a conversation   Myra Barrs   Margaret Meek Spencer     144
Revisiting reading for pleasure: diversity, delight and desire   Teresa Cremin     166

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