Literacy is a perennial ‘hot topic’ in Britain and other English-speaking countries. Concerns about falling standards and a ‘literacy crisis’ are frequently raised. In response, governments initiate new policies and teaching guidelines. This book addresses the current policies, practices and media debates in England, the US, Scotland and Australia. Literacy and Education examines:
Bringing together policy, practice and public debate and drawing on the author’s extensive research in a primary school, this essential new textbook provides questions and tasks for readers to engage with. Literacy and Education is ideal for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of literacy and education and students on PGCE courses. It will also be of interest to researchers and teachers.
'Written in a clear, accessible tone, Papen gives us a larger picture of school literacy through a bird’s view of a classroom and she does so with grace and without judgement. Papen is political in a gentle way, balanced in an informed way, and practical in an ideological way. This is an important book that sits on both sides of the reading wars.' Jennifer Rowsell, Brock University, Canada'This book sets out to identify the gains and losses from organising literacy teaching that follows the current policy emphasis on synthetic phonics. The books’ particular contribution is the emphasis it gives to the diversity of the literacy curriculum and the opportunities it affords to engage in reading and writing for a purpose.' Gemma Moss, University of Bristol, UK
List of figures
Introduction to chapters 2 to 5
Introduction to chapters 6 to 9