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Understanding Difficulties in Literacy Development
Issues and Concepts

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September 2009 | 276 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Based on current research, debates and concerns, Understanding Difficulties in Literacy Development: Issues and Concepts adopts a cross disciplinary approach to understanding and working with those who experience difficulties with literacy. It provides a broad view of difficulties in literacy and related educational and curriculum learning issues across a range of ages, phases and settings.

The Reader first considers questions of literacy, before going on to look at literacy development in relation to:

  • Issues and concepts in public reading debates
  • Literacy curriculum policy contexts
  • Community, family, society and individual identity
  • Social justice and equity issues and learning disabilities

This Reader is relevant to all postgraduate students of Literacy, as well as educators, professionals and policy makers.


 
PART ONE: WHAT IS LITERACY? WHAT ARE 'DIFFICULTIES IN LITERACY'?
Naz Rassool
Literacy: In search of a paradigm
David Johnson and Gunther Kress
Globalisation, literacy and society: Redesigning pedagogy and assessment
Janet Soler
The historical construction of dylsexia: Implications for Higher Education
 
PART TWO: ISSUES AND CONCEPTS IN PUBLIC READING DEBATES
Morag Stuart, Rhona Stainthorp, Maggie Snowling
Literacy as a complex activity: Deconstructing the simple view of reading
Victoria Purcell-Gates
The irrelevancy - and danger - of the 'simple view' of reading to meaningful standards
John R Beech
Ehri's model of phases of learning to read: A brief critique
Ann Williams and Eve Gregory
Siblings bridging literacies in multilingual contexts
Joe Burns and Paul Bracey
Boys' underachievement: Issues, challenges and possible ways forward
Geoff Payne
Re-counting 'Illiteracy': Literacy skills in the sociology of social inequality
 
PART THREE: LITERACY CURRICULUM POLICY CONTEXTS
Roger Beard
Research and the National Literacy Strategy
Kathy Hall
Literacy policy and policy literacy: A tale of phonics in early reading in England
Janet Soler and Roger Openshaw
'To be or not to be?': The politics of teaching phonics in England and New Zealand
Mary Hamilton, Catherine Macrae and Lyn Tett
Powerful literacies: The policy context
 
PART FOUR: COMMUNITY, FAMILY, SOCIETY AND INDIVIDUAL IDENTITY
Robert Burden
The self-concept and its relationship to educational achievement
David Pollak
The self-concept and dyslexia
 
PART FIVE: SOCIAL JUSTICE, EQUITY ISSUES AND LEARNING DISABILITIES
Alfredo J Artiles
Special education's changing identity: Paradoxes and dilemmas in views of culture and space
Ray McDermott, Shelley Goldman and Hervé Varenne
The cultural work of learning disabilities

excellent book

Mrs Amanda Kelland
Newport School of Education, University of South Wales (Newport)
November 20, 2014

For students exploring current issues in literacy teaching in more depth for enhanced studies and research projects. A thorough consideration of debates around definitions of literacy and how these affect children identified as having literacy difficulties.

Mrs Joy Mower
Department of Primary Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
October 19, 2014

This text will be recommended for use across at least 2 modules for Teaching and Learning Support. The strategies included will certainly support students to relate theory to practice. The style of the content is easy to navigate for both BA and Foundation Degree Students.

Mr Deb Hewitt
Health & Social Care Unit, Blackpool and the Fylde College
June 19, 2013

Recommended text for 2nd Year Foundation degree students. Use for those undertaking action research projects in area of literacy

Mrs Janey Burrow
Business & Management Teacher Training, Bromley College of FE & HE
April 14, 2011

Approaching Difficulties in Literacy Development, Felicity Fletcher-Campbell
Understanding Difficulties in Literacy Development, Janet Soler

Both these books provide an excellent breadth and depth of relevant information to support my course.

Mrs Irene Scott
Faculty , Chester University
April 7, 2011

Not suitable

Mrs Jacqui Mason
Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University
March 15, 2011

This book gives my learners some of the underpinning knowledge needed when working with and supporting learners with Dyslexia in their learning environment. I highly recommend this as part of our booklist for the level 5 literacy subject specialism

Miss Brenda Campbell
teacher Education, The manchester College
May 20, 2010

Interesting and useful book. I will refer to parts of it but the book as a whole is too specialised for the students I am working with at present. I will recommend to colleagues teaching on other courses, particularly masters.

Mrs Madeleine Graf
School of Education, Swansea Metropolitan University
November 25, 2009

A useful text to provide recommended reading to support studies

Mrs Julia Stewart
Speech , College of St Mark and St John
November 12, 2009

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Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter One