ERIC Number: ED447458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Early Literacy: New Issues and New Challenges. Policy Brief.
Bodrova, Elena; Paynter, Diane E.
This policy brief, intended for education policymakers, enumerates concerns about literacy which have surfaced in recent years. The brief notes that: (1) American schools have seen enormous changes in student demographics; (2) increased testing of third and fourth graders has provided concrete evidence for what was, in years past, a suspected but unverified problem; and (3) with the advent of a more complex, technologically driven society, higher level skills--including literacy--have become an absolute requirement for personal success and a well functioning economy. Policymakers will soon deal with a variety of issues in early literacy that are moving to the forefront of the nation's education agenda, specifically: What should young children know and be able to do? What are the best ways to facilitate literacy development in young children? How should the literacy development of young children be measured? and How should teachers be prepared to provide effective instruction for young children? The brief discusses each of these issues in turn and stresses that the demand for a literate society will only grow in the years and decades ahead, as will the challenge to provide effective early literacy education. Contains 8 resources and 12 references. (NKA)
Descriptors: Diversity (Student), Emergent Literacy, Instructional Effectiveness, Primary Education, Professional Development, Second Language Learning, Student Needs, Teacher Role
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Publication Type: Guides - General; Information Analyses; Reports - General
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, Aurora, CO.