ERIC Number: ED358429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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Engaging Children: Community and Chaos in the Lives of Young Literacy Learners.
Allen, JoBeth; And Others
This book presents results of a longitudinal study of the effects of whole language instruction on six first- and second-grade African-American students at risk of failure. The book has three levels of meaning: how teachers engage children in genuine literacy, how the process of engaging in a literate community increases learning, and how truly engaging each child was. The first section of the book discusses key elements that were studied and why the longitudinal study was undertaken, as well as descriptions of the classroom contexts, researcher perspectives, and the development of the teachers as whole language teachers. The next six sections include a thick description of the transactions observed in the classroom. Each of these six sections has a similar format--the child is profiled from the child's own perspective and from the perspectives of the classroom teacher and data sources for each of the next 3 years. The final section develops themes and recommendations. A description of data collection and analysis procedures, and a teacher and writer flowchart are attached. (RS)
Descriptors: Black Students, Classroom Environment, Emergent Literacy, High Risk Students, Longitudinal Studies, Primary Education, Reading Research, Student Characteristics, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Whole Language Approach, Young Children
Heinemann, 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, NH 03801-3912 ($21.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom; Books
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