ERIC Number: ED371603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb-14
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Factors That Constrain and Foster the Social Construction of Literacy: A Case Study.
Johnson, Linda J.
This study used a social constructivist framework to examine how one at-risk fifth-grader constructed her literacy through social interaction in her nonschool, prior school, and present school experiences. Through open-ended interviews and classroom observations, experiences that fostered and hindered the child's literacy development were identified and examined. Nonschool factors such as limited experiences in being read to, a limited range of interests, lack of school-home collaboration, and limited experience with fiction, nonfiction, and reference print hindered her literacy development. Ineffective teaching methods and limited experience with fiction, nonfiction, and reference print at her prior school also hindered the child's literacy development. Her present school and nonschool experiences are more conducive to literary development. Six appendixes list the categories and subcategories of nonschool, prior school, and present school factors that constrain and foster literacy development. (Contains 36 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Environment, Elementary School Students, Extracurricular Activities, Family Environment, Grade 5, High Risk Students, Influences, Interaction, Intermediate Grades, Interviews, Literacy, Literacy Education, Parent School Relationship, Skill Development, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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