Improving Literacy in America: Guidelines from Research (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Education - 240 pages
0 Reviews
divAn 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./DIV
  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

IIBEFORE CHILDREN ENTER SCHOOL
17
IIIONCE CHILDREN GET TO SCHOOL
109
IVHISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
153
VGUIDELINES FOR IMPROVEMENT
171
References
185
Index
217
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information