Learning to be Literate: Insights from research for policy and practice (Paperback)
  • Learning to be Literate: Insights from research for policy and practice (Paperback)

Learning to be Literate: Insights from research for policy and practice (Paperback)

Paperback 196 Pages / Published: 08/03/2016
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Winner of the prestigious UK Literacy Association Academic Book Award for 2015 in its original edition, this fully revised edition of Learning to be Literate uniquely analyses research into literacy from the 1960s through to 2015 with some surprising conclusions.

Margaret Clark explores the argument that young children growing up in a literate environment are forming hypotheses about the print around them, including environmental print, television, computer games and mobile phones. In a class where no child can yet read there is a wide range of understanding with regards to concepts of print and the critical features of written language. While to any literate adult, the relationship between spoken and written language may be obvious, young children have to be helped to discover it.

This persuasive argument demonstrates the value of research in order to make informed policy decisions about children's literacy development. Accessible and succinct, Professor Clark's writing brings into sharp focus the processes involved in becoming literate. The effect on practice of many recent government policies she claims run counter to these insights. The key five thematic sections are backed up with case studies throughout and include:

Insights from Literacy Research: 1960s to 1980sYoung Literacy Learners: how we can help themCurriculum Developments and Literacy Policies, 1988 to 1997: a comparison between England and ScotlandSynthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning: government policy in England 2006 to 2015Interpretations of Literacy in the Twenty-first Century

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781138186958
Number of pages: 196
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 15 mm


This exceptional book documents and critically analyses literacy education over a period of fifty years. Margaret Clark continues in her relentless quest to raise awareness of the changing nature and quality of literacy research evidence, theory and practice. Her goal has ever been to ensure that the best evidence underpins literacy education policy. She [is] among the most influential figures in literacy research of her generation.

Carol Aubrey, Professor Emeritus, Warwick University.

Provides vital illumination for classroom teachers and those who steer the processes of education. Henrietta Dombey, Professor Emeritus, University of Brighton, Past Chair of NATE and a Past President of UKLA.

Professor Clark's latest book takes a cool, primary trained, look at the insights gained from over fifty years of research into children learning the skill of reading. The result is a book which summarizes the evidence upon which our teaching should be based. This book supports our professionalism and it merits a place in the libraries of all schools and universities, particularly those engaged in initial training. John Coe, NAPE Primary First.

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