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Talking With Your Baby - Family as the First School Alice Sterling Honig and Holly (Paperback, 1st ed): Alice Sterling Honig,... Talking With Your Baby - Family as the First School Alice Sterling Honig and Holly (Paperback, 1st ed)
Alice Sterling Honig, Holly Elisabeth Brophy
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With this new book Alice Honig addresses a neglected area in child development - how to help low literacy parents and parents for whom English is a second language enchance the literacy and cognitive development of their children in the home environment and through daily routines. In learning to choose appropriate songs and books for children, adults will feel comfortable with storytime long before their children begin to talk. Honig and coauthor Holly E. Brophy focus on language as a fundamental family activity. Through the use of songs and stories, the authors show how rich language interaction enhances an infant's feelings of love and security and how it helps toddlers and young children learn more about objects, rules, daily experiences and people. Rather than through more formal dialogue or an educational setting, ideas on how to talk to children are anchored to activities and comfortable personal chats between caregivers and child. With its emphasis on the roles both parents play in talking with babies during daily activities - such as diapering, bath time, feedings and walks - parents should find it an easily understood and valuable resource. In addition, the book reassures caregivers that, as children begin to experiment with language power, newly acquired behaviours are perfectly natural. For example, parents for whom disciplining their child is difficult, will learn to manage a child's new-found willfulness as well as the need to experiment with behaviour, even bad behaviour. The authors have included an entire section on discipline, which further illustrates ways to communicate effectively with children to improve cooperation. The book should be of interest to those in child development and psychology and literacy education, as well as a general manual for low-literacy parents.

Academic literacy - Prepare to learn (Paperback): A. Weideman Academic literacy - Prepare to learn (Paperback)
A. Weideman
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Academic literacy - prepare to learn is different from traditional courses in that it is task-based: it requires of language learners who are developing their academic literacy to do authentic academic tasks and to solve real academic problems. It assumes that telling students about how tasks must be done is never enough - they must be allowed to demonstrate that they can actually do real academic work.

Bonfire of the Humanities - Television, Subliteracy, and Long-Term Memory Loss (Paperback, New Ed): David Marc Bonfire of the Humanities - Television, Subliteracy, and Long-Term Memory Loss (Paperback, New Ed)
David Marc
R378 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R75 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The inaugural volume in The Television Series focuses on the relationship between the rise of the multi-media environment - television and electronic media - and the decline of the humanities in academia, the changing role of print literacy, and the disintegration of historical consciousness. In analyzing the decline of the humanities on college campuses, Marc covers a wide range of issues, including political correctness, the growing tolerance of academic cheating, and institutionalized grade inflation.

The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded, Grades 6-8 - What They Say, What They Mean, How to Teach Them (Spiral bound,... The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded, Grades 6-8 - What They Say, What They Mean, How to Teach Them (Spiral bound, New)
James R. Burke
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That version of the standards you wish you had All over the nation, teachers and administrators are poring over the Common Core State Standards to come up with meaningful plans for raising student achievement. But as clear as the standards are, they are more of a sundial than a GPS for pinpointing just what to teach and how to teach it. Enter Jim Burke with The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded, Grades 6-8. It's that version of the standards you wish you had: a roadmap of what each standard says, what each standard means, and how precisely to put that standard into day-to-day practice across English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. Designed to provide schools, districts, and departments with a common language or set of reference points for effective school-wide implementation, The Common Core Companion clearly lays out: Grades 6-8 standards side by side with key distinctions highlighted so teachers know what they must teach from grade to grade All the different content-area versions of each standard arranged on one page to facilitate easy reference and school wide collaboration Explanations of each standard on a corresponding page, written in accessible language, along with prompts and questions to help students learn and apply each standard Essential content to cover and lesson ideas for modeling the literacy skills behind the standards Instructional techniques for each standard based on Jim's extensive teaching experience and current research on effective instruction Complete glossary for each standard and adaptations for ELL students Don't spend another minute poring over the standards. Jim has already done that for you. Focus instead on how to teach them, using The Common Core Companion as your one-stop guide for teaching, planning, assessing, collaborating, and designing powerful reading and writing curricula.

The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded, Grades 9-12 - What They Say, What They Mean, How to Teach Them (Spiral bound,... The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded, Grades 9-12 - What They Say, What They Mean, How to Teach Them (Spiral bound, New)
James R. Burke
R637 R552 Discovery Miles 5 520 Save R85 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

That version of the standards you wish you had All over the nation, teachers and administrators are poring over the Common Core State Standards to come up with meaningful plans for raising student achievement. But as clear as the standards are, they are more of a sundial than a GPS for pinpointing just what to teach and how to teach it. Enter Jim Burke with The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded, Grades 9-12. It's that version of the standards you wish you had: a roadmap of what each standard says, what each standard means, and how precisely to put that standard into day-to-day practice across English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. Designed to provide schools, districts, and departments with a common language or set of reference points for effective school-wide implementation, The Common Core Companion clearly lays out: Grades 9-10 standards positioned alongside 11-12 standards with key distinctions highlighted so teachers know what they must teach from grade to grade All the different content-area versions of each standard arranged on one page to facilitate easy reference and school-wide collaboration Explanations of each standard on a corresponding page, written in accessible language, along with prompts and questions to help students learn and apply each standard Essential content to cover and lesson ideas for modeling the literacy skills behind the standards Instructional techniques for each standard based on Jim's extensive teaching experience and current research on effective instruction Complete glossary for each standard and adaptations for ELL students Don't spend another minute poring over the standards. Jim has already done that for you. Focus instead on how to teach them, using The Common Core Companion as your one-stop guide for teaching, planning, assessing, collaborating, and designing powerful reading and writing curricula.

Reading: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Belinda Jack Reading: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Belinda Jack
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Today many people take reading for granted, but we remain some way off from attaining literacy for the global human population. And whilst we think we know what reading is, it remains in many ways a mysterious process, or set of processes. The effects of reading are myriad: it can be informative, distracting, moving, erotically arousing, politically motivating, spiritual, and much, much more. At different times and in different places reading means different things. In this Very Short Introduction Belinda Jack explores the fascinating history of literacy, and the opportunities reading opens. For much of human history reading was the preserve of the elite, and most reading meant being read to. Innovations in printing, paper-making, and transport, combined with the rise of public education from the late eighteenth century on, brought a dramatic rise in literacy in many parts of the world. Established links between a nation's levels of literacy and its economy led to the promotion of reading for political ends. But, equally, reading has been associated with subversive ideas, leading to censorship through multiple channels: denying access to education, controlling publishing, destroying libraries, and even the burning of authors and their works. Indeed, the works of Voltaire were so often burned that an enterprising Parisian publisher produced a fire-proof edition, decorated with a phoenix. But, as Jack demonstrates, reading is a collaborative act between an author and a reader, and one which can never be wholly controlled. Telling the story of reading, from the ancient world to digital reading and restrictions today, Belinda Jack explores why it is such an important aspect of our society. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Reading With Patrick - A Teacher, a Student and the Life-Changing Power of Books (Hardcover, Main Market Ed.): Michelle Kuo Reading With Patrick - A Teacher, a Student and the Life-Changing Power of Books (Hardcover, Main Market Ed.)
Michelle Kuo 1
R399 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R95 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

As a young English teacher keen to make a difference in the world, Michelle Kuo took a job at a tough school in the Mississippi Delta, sharing books and poetry with a young African-American teenager named Patrick and his classmates. For the first time, these kids began to engage with ideas and dreams beyond their small town, and to gain an insight into themselves that they had never had before. Two years later, Michelle left to go to law school; but Patrick began to lose his way, ending up jailed for murder. And that's when Michelle decided that her work was not done, and began to visit Patrick once a week, and soon every day, to read with him again. Reading with Patrick is an inspirational story of friendship, a coming-of-age story for both a young teacher and a student, an expansive, deeply resonant meditation on education, race and justice, and a love letter to literature and its power to transcend social barriers.

Other People's Words - The Cycle of Low Literacy (Paperback, Revised): Victoria Purcell-Gates Other People's Words - The Cycle of Low Literacy (Paperback, Revised)
Victoria Purcell-Gates
R631 R580 Discovery Miles 5 800 Save R51 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

If asked to identify which children rank lowest in relation to national educational norms, have higher school dropout and absence rates, and more commonly experience learning problems, few of us would know the answer: white, urban Appalachian children. These are the children and grandchildren of Appalachian families who migrated to northern cities in the 1950s to look for work. They make up this largely "invisible" urban group, a minority that represents a significant portion of the urban poor. Literacy researchers have rarely studied urban Appalachians, yet, as Victoria Purcell-Gates demonstrates in "Other People's Words," their often severe literacy problems provide a unique perspective on literacy and the relationship between print and culture.

A compelling case study details the author's work with one such family. The parents, who attended school off and on through the seventh grade, are unable to use public transportation, shop easily, or understand the homework their elementary-school-age son brings home because neither of them can read. But the family is not so much illiterate as low literate--the world they inhabit is an oral one, their heritage one where print had no inherent use and no inherent meaning. They have as much to learn about the culture of literacy as about written language itself.

Purcell-Gates shows how access to literacy has been blocked by a confluence of factors: negative cultural stereotypes, cultural and linguistic elitism, and pedagogical obtuseness. She calls for the recruitment and training of "proactive" teachers who can assess and encourage children's progress and outlines specific intervention strategies.

Girls' Literacy Experiences In and Out of School - Learning and Composing Gendered Identities (Hardcover): Elaine... Girls' Literacy Experiences In and Out of School - Learning and Composing Gendered Identities (Hardcover)
Elaine O'Quinn
R2,432 Discovery Miles 24 320 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

How do American girls compose and amend their identities? In this text, prominent scholars in their respective fields examine the complex social and cultural constructions that shape girls lives both in and out of school. The book looks at matters ranging from embedded issues of class, race, ethnicity, immigrant status, and sexuality to popular culture and personal histories.

Exploring the scholarly literature on gender and education, the successes and failures of feminist pedagogy, and girls practices with both traditional and non-traditional texts, as well as the primary sources of a material culture, the authors expose the myriad forces that script girls gender, identity, and literacy. The distinctive contribution of this book is to open up new discussions of girls in American classrooms today and to critically examine their experiences as they navigate preconceived notions of who they are while forming their personal and public identities, thereby helping teachers to better understand and create classroom experiences that make girls visible to themselves and to others.

Reading With Patrick - A Teacher, a Student and the Life-Changing Power of Books (Paperback, Air Iri Ome): Michelle Kuo Reading With Patrick - A Teacher, a Student and the Life-Changing Power of Books (Paperback, Air Iri Ome)
Michelle Kuo 1
R330 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R47 (14%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

As a young English teacher keen to make a difference in the world, Michelle Kuo took a job at a tough school in the Mississippi Delta, sharing books and poetry with a young African-American teenager named Patrick and his classmates. For the first time, these kids began to engage with ideas and dreams beyond their small town, and to gain an insight into themselves that they had never had before. Two years later, Michelle left to go to law school; but Patrick began to lose his way, ending up jailed for murder. And that's when Michelle decided that her work was not done, and began to visit Patrick once a week, and soon every day, to read with him again. Reading with Patrick is an inspirational story of friendship, a coming-of-age story for both a young teacher and a student, an expansive, deeply resonant meditation on education, race and justice, and a love letter to literature and its power to transcend social barriers.

Literacy Development in the Storytelling Classroom (Paperback): Sherry Norfolk, Jane Stenson, Diane Williams Literacy Development in the Storytelling Classroom (Paperback)
Sherry Norfolk, Jane Stenson, Diane Williams
R681 Discovery Miles 6 810 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"Literacy Development in the Storytelling Classroom" shows just how powerful a tool storytelling can be for building vital language skills--not just reading and writing, but speaking, listening, visual literacy, and information literacy as well. It is an exceptionally rich and rewarding resource that helps teachers and tellers work together to focus story time on language development.

Moving grade-by-grade from pre-K to middle school, "Literacy Development in the Storytelling Classroom" offers both research-based ideas and specific lesson plans for using storytelling to promote literacy learning. Lessons seamlessly integrate material from traditional domains of social studies, science, math, and language arts, while incorporating elements from the creative arts, such as music, visual arts, drama, dance, and folk crafts as both storytelling vehicles and curriculum extensions. The stories themselves in this collection are drawn from the full spectrum of the world's cultures--every child is represented, and every child will benefit from the concepts and lessons in this remarkable book.

Handbook of Reading Research, Volume IV (Hardcover): Michael L. Kamil, P. David Pearson, Elizabeth Birr Moje, Peter Afflerbach,... Handbook of Reading Research, Volume IV (Hardcover)
Michael L. Kamil, P. David Pearson, Elizabeth Birr Moje, Peter Afflerbach, Peter B. Mosenthal
R4,782 Discovery Miles 47 820 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Handbook of Reading Research is the research Handbook for the field. Each volume has come to define the field for the period of time it covers. Volume IV follows in this tradition. The editors extensively reviewed the reading research literature since the publication of Volume III in 2000, as portrayed in a wide array of research and practitioner-based journals and books, to identify the themes and topics covered. As in previous volumes, the focus is on reading research, rather than a range of literate practices. When taken as a set, the four volumes provide a definitive history of reading research. Volume IV brings the field authoritatively and comprehensively up-to-date.

The New Balanced Literacy School - Implementing Common Core (Paperback): Becky McTague, Margaret Mary Policastro The New Balanced Literacy School - Implementing Common Core (Paperback)
Becky McTague, Margaret Mary Policastro
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Search a Word 1 (Paperback): Search a Word 1 (Paperback)
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Search a Word 3 (Paperback): Search a Word 3 (Paperback)
R99 Discovery Miles 990 Shipped within 7 - 10 working days
Advocacy Research in Literacy Education - Seeking Higher Ground (Hardcover): Meredith Cherland, Helen Harper Advocacy Research in Literacy Education - Seeking Higher Ground (Hardcover)
Meredith Cherland, Helen Harper
R2,137 Discovery Miles 21 370 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book reviews what the authors term advocacy research in literacy education-research that explicitly addresses issues of social justice, equity, and democracy with the distinct purpose of social transformation. It surveys what educational researchers who are working for social justice have accomplished, describes current challenges, and outlines future possibilities. The first section maps the terrain of advocacy research in literacy education. The authors group this large and expanding body of research into four categories: Critical Literacy(ies); Radical Counternarratives in Literacy Research; Literacy as Social Practice; and Linguistic Studies. Each chapter describes the research area, traces its history, provides example studies, and assesses the contributions of research to advocacy work now and potentially in the future. The second section provides a deeper consideration of challenges to the field of advocacy research and suggests future directions for research and scholarship; this section reflects the need to complicate and trouble the terms and relations between and among social justice, ethics, democracy, freedom, and literacy. As a whole, this book is a response to the current popular understandings of literacy education that limit the efficacy of advocacy work in these troubled times-understandings that support the proliferation of standardized testing, teacher testing, and scripted lessons and programs, along with the privileging of particular forms of research. Intended for those who work or soon will work in literacy education-students, teacher educators, researchers, and practitioners-this book represents the authors' belief that it is time for advocacy workers to strengthen and intensify their efforts to promote the most principled, effective literacy education for democratic life. It is their hope that this book will contribute to such an effort.

Adult Literacy in Britain - Reports SS1381 (Paperback, 1997 ed.): Office for National Statistics Adult Literacy in Britain - Reports SS1381 (Paperback, 1997 ed.)
Office for National Statistics; Volume editing by Siobhan Carey
R1,242 Discovery Miles 12 420 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This report presents the results of a survey carried out in 1996 on a sample of adults aged 16 to 65. The survey forms part of an international programme of surveys known as the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS). It profiles the literacy skills of the population of working age and also describes the characteristics of those with low literacy skills, as well as making comparisons with the other countries that took part.

Portraits of Literacy Across Families, Communities, and Schools - Intersections and Tensions (Hardcover): Jim Anderson, Maureen... Portraits of Literacy Across Families, Communities, and Schools - Intersections and Tensions (Hardcover)
Jim Anderson, Maureen Kendrick, Theresa Rogers, Suzanne Smythe
R2,452 Discovery Miles 24 520 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Designed to stimulate debate and critical thinking and to draw readers' attention to the ideological nature of literacy education across a broad range of literacy contexts, this book crosses traditional boundaries between the study of family, community, and school literacies to offer a unique global perspective on multiple literacies, from theory to case studies of various settings. These examples suggest ways that literacy practices should be created by simultaneously shaping relationships and identity, and by privileging particular literacy practices in particular situations. The dialogue within the book among chapter authors writing across traditionally distinct fields highlights the interconnections among diverse literacy sites and stimulates the pursuit of a more integrated and interdisciplinary approach to literacy education. The critical and dialogic approach serves to challenge and extend many conventional notions surrounding literacy education in communities, schools, and families.
"Portraits of Literacy Across Families, Communities, and Schools: Intersections and Tensions" is particularly relevant for scholars and students in the area of literacy, broadly speaking, including family literacy, community literacy, adult literacy, critical language studies, multiliteracies, youth literacy, English as a second language, language and social policy, and global literacy. Additionally, the inclusion of studies derived from a variety of research methods and designs makes this is a useful text in research methodology courses that aim to present and analyze real-life examples of literacy research designs and methods.

Discourse and Education (Hardcover, 3rd ed. 2017): Stanton Wortham, Deoksoon Kim, Stephen May Discourse and Education (Hardcover, 3rd ed. 2017)
Stanton Wortham, Deoksoon Kim, Stephen May
R6,526 R5,245 Discovery Miles 52 450 Save R1,281 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this third, fully revised edition, the 10 volume Encyclopedia of Language and Education offers the newest developments, including an entirely new volume of research and scholarly content, essential to the field of language teaching and learning in the age of globalization. In the selection of topics and contributors, the Encyclopedia reflects the depth of disciplinary knowledge, breadth of interdisciplinary perspective, and diversity of socio-geographic experience in the language and education field. Throughout, there is an inclusion of contributions from non-English speaking and non-western parts of the world, providing truly global coverage. Furthermore, the authors have sought to integrate these voices fully into the whole, rather than as special cases or international perspectives in separate sections. The Encyclopedia is a necessary reference set for every university and college library in the world that serves a faculty or school of education, as well as being highly relevant to the fields of applied and socio-linguistics. The publication of this work charts the further deepening and broadening of the field of language and education since the publication of the first edition of the Encyclopedia in 1997 and the second edition in 2008.

Search a Word 2 (Paperback): Search a Word 2 (Paperback)
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The Minimum Core for Language and Literacy: Audit and Test (Paperback, New): Lynn Machin The Minimum Core for Language and Literacy: Audit and Test (Paperback, New)
Lynn Machin
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This book supports trainee teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector in the assessment of their literacy knowledge. A self-audit section is included to help trainees understand their level of competence and confidence in literacy and will help them identify any gaps in their knowledge and skills. This is followed by exercises and activities to support and enhance learning. The book covers all the content of the LLUK standards for the minimum core for literacy. Coverage and assessment of the minimum core have to be embedded in all Certificate and Diploma courses leading to QTLS and ATLS status.

Multicultural Issues in Literacy Research and Practice (Hardcover): Arlette Ingram Willis, Georgia Earnest Garcia, Rosalinda B.... Multicultural Issues in Literacy Research and Practice (Hardcover)
Arlette Ingram Willis, Georgia Earnest Garcia, Rosalinda B. Barrera, Violet J Harris
R1,902 Discovery Miles 19 020 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This volume brings together researchers and participants from diverse groups, reflecting the different ways in which the field of multicultural literacies has been interpreted. A common theme across the chapters is attention to the ways in which elements of difference--race, ethnicity, gender, class, and language--create dynamic tensions that influence students' literacy experiences and achievement. The hope of the editors is that readers will build on the experiences and findings presented so that the field of multicultural literacies will have a greater impact of literacy research, policy, and practice.

Teaching Reading - Effective Schools, Accomplished Teachers (Hardcover): Barbara M. Taylor, P. David Pearson Teaching Reading - Effective Schools, Accomplished Teachers (Hardcover)
Barbara M. Taylor, P. David Pearson
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This unique book tells the story of a select group of schools and teachers who have managed to beat the odds in terms of improving elementary students reading achievement. Originating with the CIERA "School Change Project" directed by Barbara Taylor and David Pearson, it was subsequently expanded to include the work of other research teams doing similar work. It combines large scale studies of effective schools and teachers (Part I) with case studies of individual schools and teachers who have successfully transformed research findings into situation-specific strategies appropriate to their schools and classrooms (Parts II and III). The book's distinct contribution is showing that no matter how consistent the research findings on effective school and classroom practice, groups of teachers must improvise their own situation-specific programs and practices. In short, they must be able to create variations on a common theme. Key features of this outstanding new volume include:
*Integration of research and cases--One cannot fully understand research-based general principles without knowing how they play themselves out in specific settings. Similarly, one cannot fully understand cases without seeing the commonalities across different schools and classrooms sharing similar goals. This book provides both perspectives.
*Diverse cases--The schools and classrooms depicted in this book are urban, rural, and suburban; poor and middle class; and English-only and bilingual. Rather than telling readers how to beat the odds, it provides them with a wide variety of cases from which they can extrapolate to build their own customized teaching programs and practices.
*Summarizing section--The final section contains a summary of research on effective schools and teachers and a concluding chapter by Gerry Duffy and Jim Hoffman in which they reflect on the book's content and possible directions for future research.
The book is targeted to both in-service elementary teachers and literacy students in advanced college courses.

Speaking, Reading, and Writing in Children With Language Learning Disabilities - New Paradigms in Research and Practice... Speaking, Reading, and Writing in Children With Language Learning Disabilities - New Paradigms in Research and Practice (Hardcover)
Katharine G. Butler, Elaine R. Silliman
R2,019 Discovery Miles 20 190 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The ability to use language in more literate ways has always been a central outcome of education. Today, however, "being literate" requires more than functional literacy, the recognition of printed words as meaningful. It requires the knowledge of how to use language as a tool for analyzing, synthesizing, and integrating what is heard or read in order to arrive at new interpretations.
Specialists in education, cognitive psychology, learning disabilities, communication sciences and disorders, and other fields have studied the language learning problems of school age children from their own perspectives. All have tended to emphasize either the oral language component or phonemic awareness. The major influence of phonemic awareness on learning to read and spell is well-researched, but it is not the only relevant focus for efforts in intervention and instruction. An issue is that applications are usually the products of a single discipline or profession, and few integrate an understanding of phonemic awareness with an understanding of the ways in which oral language comprehension and expression support reading, writing, and spelling. Thus, what we have learned about language remains disconnected from what we have learned about literacy; interrelationships between language and literacy are not appreciated; and educational services for students with language and learning disabilities are fragmented as a result.
This unique book, a multidisciplinary collaboration, bridges research, practice, and the development of new technologies. It offers the first comprehensive and integrated overview of the multiple factors involved in language learning from late preschool through post high school that must be considered if problems are to be effectively addressed. Practitioners, researchers, and students professionally concerned with these problems will find the book an invaluable resource.

Negotiating Critical Literacies in Classrooms (Hardcover): Barbara Comber, Anne Simpson Negotiating Critical Literacies in Classrooms (Hardcover)
Barbara Comber, Anne Simpson
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"Negotiating Critical Literacies in Classrooms" brings together accounts of educators who have sought to make a difference in the lives of their students through literacy education--from university classrooms in the United States, England, and South Africa, to policy and curriculum development in Singapore and Australia. Each chapter represents the results of extended research on classroom practice.
The authors in this collection write as teachers. The literacy classrooms they explore range from the early years of schooling, to primary and secondary education, through to community and university sites. Although the volume is organized around different levels of education, clearly overlapping themes emerge across the chapters, including identity formation and textual practices, politicizing curriculum and textbook production, and changing the power relations in classroom talk around text.
An overarching theme of this collection is the belief that there is no one generic, universal critical literacy--in theory or in practice. Rather, the authors reveal how a range of theories can serve as productive starting points for educators working on social justice agendas through the literacy curriculum, and, equally important, how particular critical literacy theories or pedagogies must be worked out in specific locations. In each of these accounts, educators explain how they have taken a body of theory and worked with and on it in classrooms. Their rich portrayals and narratives of classroom realities illustrate the unanticipated effects of pedagogies that emerge in specific contexts. Experiences from the classrooms have led them to revise theories that are central to critical literacy, including constructs such as "empowerment," "resistance," and "multiple readings." This collection documents what occurs when educators confront the difficult ethical and political issues that evolve in particular classroom situations.
"Negotiating Critical Literacies in Classrooms" is appropriate as a text for courses in language and literacy education, and will be of broad interest to educational researchers, practitioners, and theorists. The practical classroom focus makes this book accessible and of interest to a wide range of teachers and an excellent resource for professional development. The international scope will appeal to a global educational readership.

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