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The Social Construction of Literacy

2nd Edition

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Part of Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics

Jenny Cook-Gumperz, John J. Gumperz, Gordon Wells, Sarah Michaels, James Collins, Donna Eder, Douglas R. Campbell, Herbert D. Simons, Sandra Murphy, M. C. O'Connor
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  • Date Published: September 2006
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521525671

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  • Literacy - the ability to produce and interpret written text - has long been viewed as the basis of all school achievement; a measure of success that defines both an 'educated' person, and an educable one. In this volume, a team of leading experts raise questions central to the acquisition of literacy. Why do children with similar classroom experiences show different levels of educational achievement? And why do these differences in literacy, and ultimately employability, persist? By looking critically at the western view of a 'literate' person, the authors present a perspective on literary acquisition, viewing it as a socially constructed skill, whereby children must acquire discourse strategies that are socially 'approved'. This extensively-revised second edition contains an updated introduction and bibliography. This volume will continue to have far-reaching implications for educational theory and practice.

    • Provides a critical review of sociolinguistic and literacy concepts
    • A solid basis for further research on educational issues
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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: September 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521525671
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The social construction of literacy Jenny Cook-Gumperz
    2. Literacy and schooling: an unchanging equation? Jenny Cook-Gumperz
    3. Interactional sociolinguistics in the study of schooling John J. Gumperz and Jenny Cook-Gumperz
    4. The language experience of children at home and at school Gordon Wells
    5. Narrative presentations: an oral preparation for literacy with first graders Sarah Michaels
    6. Differential instructions in reading groups James Collins
    7. Organizational constraints on reading group mobility Donna Eder
    8. Developing mathematical literacy in a bilingual classroom Douglas R. Campbell
    9. Spoken language strategies and reading acquisition Herbert D. Simons and Sandra Murphy
    10. Speaking and writing: discourse strategies and the acquisition of literacy James Collins and Sarah Michaels
    11. The implicit discourse genres of standardized testing: what verbal analogy items require of test makers M. C. O'Connor.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Foundations of Literacy
    • Linguistics for Teachers
    • Literacy Research
    • Literacy for Diverse Populations
  • Author

    Jenny Cook-Gumperz, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Jenny Cook-Gumperz is Professor in the Gervirtz Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara.


    Jenny Cook-Gumperz, John J. Gumperz, Gordon Wells, Sarah Michaels, James Collins, Donna Eder, Douglas R. Campbell, Herbert D. Simons, Sandra Murphy, M. C. O'Connor

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