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The Routledge International Handbook of early Literacy Education

A Contemporary Guide to Literacy Teaching and Interventions in a Global Context

Edited by: Natalia Kucirkova , Catherine E. Snow , Vibeke Grøver , Catherine McBride

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138787889
eBook ISBN: 9781315766027
Adobe ISBN: 9781317659204

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The Routledge International Handbook of Early Literacy Education offers a pioneering overview of early literacy provision in different parts of the world and brings together interdisciplinary research evidence on effective literacy teaching to inform current and future practice and policy of early literacy. From the problem of identification of literacy difficulties in a particular learning context to supporting the provision of early literacy through digital media, the handbook deals with the major concerns and newest areas of interest in literacy research. With an international and future vision, it provides an accessible guide to the main debates and future trends in the global field of early literacy, and informs academics, policy-makers, practitioners, educators and students about innovative early literacy research methods and instruction.

The three sections and 30 ground-breaking chapters reflect a conceptual framework of questions asked by scholars and educators interested in looking beyond traditional definitions of literacy.

Part I provides contemporary insights collected by internationally renowned scholars on what literacy is, and what it can offer to young children in the twenty-first century.

Part II is a collection of detailed portraits of 14 countries, regions or language communities, and focuses on early literacy provision, practice and policy from across the world.

Part III outlines key interventions and research-endorsed practices designed to support home–school connections and children’s reading and writing skills, as well as vocabulary, phonological awareness and narrative abilities, with examples drawn from various home, school and community environments.

All chapters promote discussion, critical analysis and questions for reflection and are written in jargon-free language in an easy-to use themed format. This handbook is an indispensable reference guide for practising teachers and student teachers, especially those undertaking postgraduate qualifications, as well as early literacy researchers, policy-makers and school-based literacy leaders.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Early literacy development and instruction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The role of early childhood education in promoting early literacy Download PDF
Chapter  3:  A matter of opportunity Download PDF
Chapter  4:  New literacies and new media Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Early literacy practice Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The provision, practice and policies of early literacy in New Zealand Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Germanic-speaking countries Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The Nordic countries Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Literacy development in Romance languages Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Lessons from Costa Rica and Chile for early literacy in Spanish-speaking Latin American countries Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Early literacy policy and practice in Poland Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Early education in literacy in Turkey in comparison to the Balkan countries Download PDF
Chapter  13:  African countries Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Early literacy policy and practice in Israel Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Early literacy education in Arabic Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Early literacy policy and practice in Korea Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Early literacy policy and practice in Japan Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Chinese-speaking societies Download PDF
Chapter  19:  India Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The value of writing in early childhood Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The contributions and limits of phonological awareness in learning to read Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Shared book reading Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Fostering vocabulary in early childhood education Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Drama-based interventions and narrative Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Children’s personal narratives reflect where they come from, reveal who they are and predict where they are going Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Storying as a social context for language development Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Interventions for children with language difficulties Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Promoting first-language development and maintenance and capitalizing on ‘funds of knowledge’ in family literacy programmes Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Breaking the barrier of blame Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Old and new Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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