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Approaching Difficulties in Literacy Development

Approaching Difficulties in Literacy Development
Assessment, Pedagogy and Programmes

First Edition
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August 2009 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This Reader considers the complexity of literacy difficulties, showing how research into literacy difficulties has to be multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary and involve a range of research approaches and methods. The chapters show that this is necessary to accommodate the wide range of issues that can, potentially, explain literacy difficulties and suggest strategies and interventions to ease those difficulties.

Starting from the point that literacy is a contested concept and that acquiring literacy is a complex process, this Reader goes on to consider literacy development in relation to:

- Theoretical understandings, implications for practice

- Assessing literacy difficulties

- Pedagogy and planning

- Interventions in different contexts

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

Usha Goswami
Reading, dyslexia and the brain
Hollis S Scarborough
Connecting early language and literacy to later reading (dis)abilities: Evidence, theory and practice
Sue Ellis
Policy and research: Lessons from the Clackmannanshire Synthetic Phonics Initiative
Kate Cain, Jane Oakhill and Kate Lemmon
Individual differences in the inference of word meanings from context: The influence of reading comprehension, vocabulary knowledge and memory capacity
Victoria Purcell-Gates, Sophie C Degener, Erik Jacobson and Marta Soler
Impact of authentic adult literacy instruction on adult literacy practices
Kevin Wheldall and Simmone Pogorzelski
Is the PhAB really fab? The utility of the phonological assessment battery in predicting gains made by older low-progress readers following two terms of intensive literacy instruction
Jennifer Simpson and John Everatt
Reception class predictors of literacy skills
Peter Johnston and Paula Costello
Principles for literacy assessment
Tilly Mortimore
Dyslexia and learning style - a note of caution
Brahm Norwich and Ann Lewis
Mapping a pedagogy for Special Education Needs
Andy Goodwyn and Kate Findlay
Shaping literacy in the secondary school: Policy, practice and agency in the age of the national literacy strategy
Shuaib J Meacham
Headwoman's blues: Small group reading and the interactions of culture, gender and ability
Lyn Tett
Excluded voices: Class, culture and family literacy in Scotland
Ted Glynn and Stuart McNaughton
Trust your own observations: Assessment of reader and tutor behaviour in learning to read in English and Maori
Jane Hurry and Kathy Sylva
Long-term outcomes of early reading intervention
Mary R Lea and Brian V. Street
Student writing in higher education: An academic literacies approach
Hugo Kerr
Dyslexia and adult literacy: Does dyslexia disempower?
Edward C Melhuish, Mai B Phan, Kathy Sylva, Pam Sammons, Iram Siraj-Blatchford and Brenda Taggart
Effects of the home learning environment and preschool center experience upon literacy and numeracy development in early primary school

Excellent for use with literacy studies with our L5 students.

Mrs Alicia James
Community Studies, Truro College
November 21, 2014

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.

Mrs Joy Mower
Department of Primary Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
July 28, 2015

This publication offers the student the 'wider perspective' that is required when studying potential difficulties in literacy development. The quality of the content also encourages the pursuit of further reading and research.

Mr Deb Hewitt
Health & Social Care Unit, Blackpool and the Fylde College
May 21, 2013

Recomended reading for 2nd Year Foundation Degree students - particularly those who are undertaking action research projects involving supporting literacy development in education settings

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

A very useful text for undergraduate students. This is well-written and easy to understand.

Mrs Nanna Ryder
Education Studies and Social Inclusion, Trinity College Carmarthen
August 4, 2010

Some of the topics explored in this book are highly relevant to literacy specialists. Overall, the book pulls together several seemingly disparate aspects of learning and relates them to literacy learning. Beyond merely looking at these issues, the book is an eye-opener in many respects. A valuable asset to researchers and students of literacy at advanced levels.

Dr Gordon Ade-Ojo
Education , Greenwich University
March 23, 2010

This text will supplement students reading and support understanding of educational colleagues approaches to literacy

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

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter One