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Dimensions of Literacy

A Conceptual Base for Teaching Reading and Writing in School Settings, 4th Edition

By Stephen B. Kucer

Routledge

384 pages

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This popular text, now in its fourth edition, “unpacks” the various dimensions of literacy—linguistic and other sign systems; cognitive; sociocultural; and developmental—and at the same time accounts for the interrelationships among them. Distinguished by its examination of literacy from a multidimensional and interdisciplinary perspective, it provides a strong conceptual foundation upon which literacy curriculum and instruction in school settings can be grounded.

Linking theory and research to practice in an understandable, user-friendly manner, the text provides in-depth coverage of the dimensions of literacy, includes demonstrations and “hands-on” activities, examines authentic reading and writing events that reflect key concepts, and summarizes the concepts in tables and figures.

Changes in the Fourth Edition

• Addresses academic language, new literacies/multiliteracies, and their relationship to literacy learning

• More fully develops the developmental dimension of literacy in separate chapters on adult mediation and learner construction

• Expands the discussion of multimodal literacies

• Extends and integrates the discussion of bilingualism and biliteracy throughout the text

• Integrates instructional implications more fully throughout

Reviews

“Kucer’s Dimensions of Literacy offers a balanced overview of key issues in the psycholinguistics of literacy for current and prospective teachers. The practical examples and engaging exercises help readers grasp the essential concepts presented.”

Alice Horning, Oakland University, USA

“A comprehensive view of literacy that supports advanced-level teacher thinking and practice, this text shows how literacy development and practices emerge from complex sources that can best be addressed through educational strategies that engage with literacy’s multiple dimensions.”

Thomas C. Crochunis, Shippensburg University, USA

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Preface

Acknowledgments

Fourth Edition Introduction

PART 1

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1 — A Multidimensional View of Reading and Writing

PART 2

THE LINGUISTIC AND OTHER SIGN SYSTEMS DIMENSION OF LITERACY

CHAPTER 2 — The Nature of Language and Other Sign Systems

CHAPTER 3 — Oral and Written Language Relationships

CHAPTER 4 — Language Variation

PART 3

THE COGNITIVE DIMENSION OF LITERACY

CHAPTER 5 — The Constructive Nature of Perception

CHAPTER 6 — The Reading Process

CHAPTER 7 — Understanding Written Discourse

CHAPTER 8 — The Writing Process

PART 4

THE SOCIOCULTURAL DIMENSION OF LITERACY

CHAPTER 9 — Understanding Literacy as Social Practices

CHAPTER 10 — The Authority of Written Discourse

PART 5

THE DEVELOPMENTAL DIMENSION OF LITERACY

CHAPTER 11 — Constructing the Written Language System

CHAPTER 12 — Mediating the Written Language System

References

About the Author

Stephen B. Kucer is Professor of Language and Literacy Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education at Washington State University, Vancouver, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU029020
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Reading & Phonics
FOR007000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language
LAN010000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Literacy