Many Pathways to Literacy: Young Children Learning with Siblings, Grandparents, Peers, and Communities

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Business & Economics - 251 pages
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This unique and visionary text is a compilation of fascinating studies conducted in a variety of cross-cultural settings where children learn language and literacy with siblings, grandparents, peers and community members. Focusing on the knowledge and skills of children often invisible to educators, these illuminating studies highlight how children skilfully draw from their varied cultural and linguistic worlds to make sense of new experiences.

The vastly experienced team of contributors provide powerful demonstrations of the generative activity of young children and their mediating partners - family members, peers, and community members - as they syncretise languages, literacies and cultural practices from varied contexts.

Through studies grounded in home, school, community school, nursery and church settings, we see how children create for themselves radical forms of teaching and learning in ways that are not typically recognised, understood or valued in schools.

This book will be invaluable reading for teachers, teacher educators, researchers and policy-makers who seek to understand the many pathways to literacy and use that knowledge to affect real change in schools.

 

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Contents

A sociocultural approach to learning
6
Introduction to Part I
23
early bilingual literacy
40
siblings playing school
52
what can children learn?
77
Introduction to Part II
91
Community school pupils reinterpret their knowledge
105
young children as cultural
129
interactions of White workingclass
142
Introduction to Part III
157
Multilingual flexibility and literacy learning in an Urdu
171
teaching and learning in
195
Cultural literacy in the world of Pueblo children
208
implications of Syncretic Literacy
221
Index
245
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Eve Gregory is Head of the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths University of London.

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