Other People's Words

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Harvard University Press, Mar 25, 1997 - Education - 242 pages
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If asked to identify which children rank lowest in relation to national educational norms, have higher school dropout and absence rates, and more commonly experience learning problems, few of us would know the answer: white, urban Appalachian children. These are the children and grandchildren of Appalachian families who migrated to northern cities in the 1950s to look for work. They make up this largely "invisible" urban group, a minority that represents a significant portion of the urban poor. Literacy researchers have rarely studied urban Appalachians, yet, as Victoria Purcell-Gates demonstrates in Other People's Words, their often severe literacy problems provide a unique perspective on literacy and the relationship between print and culture. A compelling case study details the author's work with one such family.
 

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Contents

Literacy Schools and Society
1
Nonliterate in an American City
10
Jenny and Donnys World
16
A World without Print
40
Donny
66
Jenny
99
Print Enters the World of Donny and Jenny
133
Who Reads and Writes in My World?
144
Exclusion and Access
155
The Complexities of Culture Language Literacy and Cognition
179
Research Procedures and Stances
203
References
229
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Victoria Purcell-Gates is Canada Research Chair in Early Childhood Literacy at the University of British Columbia.

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