Listening to Stephen Read: Multiple Perspectives on Literacy

Paperback | November 1, 2002

byKathy Hall

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“In this interesting, informative and accessible book Kathy Hall takes you on a journey of exploration and discovery and succeeds in challenging the reader’s own stance on the teaching, not only of reading, but also of literacy as a whole.… an excellent, thought-provoking book which empowers the reader to critically reassess their own practice and will have a positive effect in many classrooms” British Journal of Educational Studies

* How do different reading experts interpret evidence about one child as a reader?

* What perspectives can be brought to bear on reading in the classroom?

* How can a rich notion of literacy be promoted in the regular primary classroom?

In this book Kathy Hall invites you to extend your perspective on reading by considering the responses of well known reading scholars (e.g. Barbara Comber, Henrietta Dombey, Laura Huxford and David Wray) to evidence of one child as a reader. Reading evidence from eight-year-old Stephen, who is 'under-achieving' in reading, together with the suggestions of various experts about how his teacher could support him provide a vehicle for discussing different perspectives on reading in the primary classroom. The various approaches to literacy analysed include psycho-linguistic, cognitive-psychological, socio-cultural and socio-political. The book aims to guide your choice of teaching strategies and to support your rationale for those choices. Acknowledging the complexity and the richness of the field of research on literacy, the book demonstrates the futility of searching for a single right method of literacy development. Rather we should search for multiple perspectives, guided by the diverse needs of learners.

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“In this interesting, informative and accessible book Kathy Hall takes you on a journey of exploration and discovery and succeeds in challenging the reader’s own stance on the teaching, not only of reading, but also of literacy as a whole.… an excellent, thought-provoking book which empowers the reader to critically reassess their own ...

Professor Kathy Hall was Head of the Centre for Educational Research at Leeds Metropolitan University before moving to the Open University. She has published widely in the field of literacy and assessment and is currently leading a systematic review of the research on effective literacy teaching, funded by the United Kingdom Reading A...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:3.62 × 2.4 × 0.22 inPublished:November 1, 2002Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0335207588

ISBN - 13:9780335207589

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part one: A psycho-linguistic perspective

Ann Browne's observations, suggestions and theoretical perspectives
Teresa Grainger's observations, suggestions and theoretical perspectives
Reading as a problem-solving activity

Part two: A cognitive-psychological perspective

Laura Huxford's observations, suggestions and theoretical perspectives
David Wray's observations, suggestions and theoretical perspectives
Words matter

Part three: A socio-cultural perspective

Henrietta Dombey's observations, suggestions and theoretical perspectives
Mary Hilton's observations, suggestions and theoretical perspectives
Reading and communities of practice

Part four: A socio-political perspective

Barbara Comber's observations, suggestions and theoretical perspectives
Jackie Marsh's observations, suggestions and theoretical perspectives
Reading the word and the world
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index.