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ERIC Number: ED262880
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Literacy Learning in Early Childhood.
Woodward, Virginia A.
This paper is a synthesis of the recent research about language and literacy learning, the universal cognitive strategies used in language processing, and the educational implications of these new insights on literacy learning. Four universal cognitive strategies used by experienced written language users--textual intent, negotiability, fine tuning language with language, and risk taking--were used by young children ages 3 to 6 in the research tasks. How young children used these strategies is discussed and extensively illustrated. The findings suggest that experience is a key to learning. Educational implications of these findings are discussed, especially changes in teachers' understandings of total language development and learning in the alternate communication systems of math, drama, art, and music. These new beliefs necessarily result in a need for an open communication curriculum which fosters the expansion of the learner's literacy potential. (Author/DST)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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