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Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary Education
Issues, Challenges, Solutions


  • Date Published: October 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107671010

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  • Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary Education provides a comprehensive introduction to literacy teaching and learning. The book explores the continuum of literacy learning and children's transitions from early childhood settings to junior primary classrooms and then to senior primary and beyond. Reader-friendly and accessible, this book equips pre-service teachers with the theoretical underpinnings and practical strategies to teach literacy. It places the 'reading wars' firmly in the past as it examines contemporary research and practices. The book covers important topics such as assessment, multiliteracies, reading difficulties and diverse classrooms. Each chapter includes learning objectives, reflective questions and definitions of key terms to engage and assist readers. Written by an expert author team and featuring real-world examples from literacy teachers and learners, the book will help pre-service teachers feel confident teaching literacy to diverse age groups and abilities.

    • Covers literacy in birth-to-12 years - equal coverage of early childhood and primary levels
    • Written to the new standards of the national curriculum and contains links to the Early Years Framework and Te Whariki
    • Pedagogical features include: learning objectives, boxed vignettes and examples, reflective questions, glossary and recommended reading list
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107671010
    • length: 347 pages
    • dimensions: 249 x 176 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 64 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Literacy Acquisition: The Child, the Family and Diversity in the Modern World:
    2. Literacy acquisition in the early years: past, present and future
    3. When should children start literacy learning?
    4. Family literacies and relationships with centres and schools
    5. Multiliteracies: growing the next generation of readers
    6. Diverse classrooms and learning in bilingual and multicultural/multilingual settings
    Part II. Learning about Literacy in Early Childhood Settings:
    7. Effective practice and the role of teachers in supporting literacy
    8. 'Sound' foundations for learning literacy
    9. Uses of assessment before, during and after transition to school
    Part III. Literacy Learning in the Primary School:
    10. The first year of primary schooling: building on foundations
    11. Establishing a community of readers
    12. Uses of assessment in the primary school years
    13. Reading and writing in the primary school: focus on narrative writing
    Part IV. Literacy Learning in the Senior Primary School:
    14. Extending reading and writing in the senior primary school: focus on factual writing
    15. Struggling readers: issues and solutions
    16. Conclusion.

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    Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary Education

    Claire McLachlan, Tom Nicholson, Ruth Fielding-Barnsley, Louise Mercer, Sarah Ohi

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    Claire McLachlan, Massey University, Auckland

    Tom Nicholson, Massey University, Auckland

    Ruth Fielding-Barnsley, University of Tasmania

    Louise Mercer, Queensland University of Technology

    Sarah Ohi, Deakin University, Victoria

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