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Comber, Barbara – Literacy, 2014
This paper draws upon several decades of literacy research in schools in high-poverty environments to explore what matters in young people's education. In dialogue with themes from Kevin Marjoribanks' work, such as student aspirations, family environments and teacher expectations, key insights are summarised. Referring to longitudinal…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Poverty, Case Studies, Longitudinal Studies
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Nixon, Helen; Comber, Barbara – Literacy, 2006
This paper argues that teachers' recognition of children's cultural practices is an important positive step in helping socio-economically disadvantaged children engage with school literacies. Based on 21 longitudinal case studies of children's literacy development over a 3-year period, the authors demonstrate that when children's knowledges and…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Literacy, Longitudinal Studies, Case Studies