Early Spelling: Between Convention and Creativity

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 237 pages
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In his latest book, Gunther Kress explores how children learn to spell in the context of current concerns about early literacy. Using numerous examples of children's writing and drawing, Kress looks at children as 'makers of meaning' and explores their earliest ventures into writing.
Kress covers problems such as dyslexia within today's educational system. Technological aids on spelling and writing such as spell-checkers and the effects of the increasing visualization of communication (computer, TV, film) are also discussed.
 

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Contents

Why and why now?
10
A framework for thinking ahout the issues
27
The many meanings of spelling
80
Whatdochildrentrytospell?
134
The look of spelling
166
The sonud of spelling
194
1 brief glossary of terms
229
Index
235
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About the author (2000)

Gunther Kress is Professor of Education and English at the Institute of Education, University of London. He has an interest in the interrelations in contemporary texts of different modes of communication and their effects on forms of learning and knowing. His recent publications include Reading Images(1996) with T. van Leeuwen; Before Writing: Rethinking the Paths to Literacy (1997); Multimodal Discourse(2001) with T. van Leewuen; and Literacy in the New Media Age (2002).

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