Improving Literacy in America Guidelines from Research

ISBN-10: 0300106459
ISBN-13: 9780300106459
Edition: 2005
List price: $65.00
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Description: An alarmingly high number of American students continue to lack proficiency in reading, math, and science. The various attempts to address this problem have all too often resulted in “silver bullet” solutions such as reducing class size or  More...

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Book details

List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 5/10/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

An alarmingly high number of American students continue to lack proficiency in reading, math, and science. The various attempts to address this problem have all too often resulted in “silver bullet” solutions such as reducing class size or implementing voucher programs. But as the authors of this critically important book show, improving literacy also requires an understanding of complex and interrelated social issues that shape a child’s learning. More than twenty years of research demonstrate that literacy success is determined by a combination of sociocultural forces including parenting, preschool, classroom instruction, and other factors that have a direct impact on a child’s development. Here, Frederick J. Morrison, Heather J. Bachman, and Carol McDonald Connor present the most up-to-date research on the diverse factors that relate to a child’s literacy development from preschool through early elementary school. Urging greater emphasis on the immediate sources of influence on children, the authors warn against simple, single solutions that ignore other pivotal aspects of the problem. In a concluding chapter, the authors propose seven specific recommendations for improving literacy—recommendations that can make a real difference in American education.

The scope of the problem
Sociocultural factors
Early childcare and preschool
Parenting
The role of children in literacy development
The classroom : teaching and learning
Teacher qualifications, training, and knowledge
The "perfect educational storm"
Improving literacy in America

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