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

Author(s): Claire McLachlan

Early Childhood Education

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.


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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 learning literacy? Issues about ages and stages; 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: issues, challenges and evidence; Part II. Learning about Literacy in Early Childhood Settings: 7. Early childhood settings: evidence on 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. The uses of assessment in the junior school years; 13. The reciprocal relationship between reading and writing in the junior and senior school: research on effective practice and the role of the teacher; Part IV. Literacy Learning in the Senior School: 14. Extending reading and writing in the senior school: moving beyond functionality; 15. Struggling readers: issues and solutions to a problem we have created in schools; 16. Conclusion.

General Fields

  • : 9781107671010
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : October 2012
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Claire McLachlan
  • : Paperback
  • : 372.6
  • : 352
  • : 64 b/w illus.