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Larkin-Lieffers, Patricia A. – Literacy, 2010
Images of childhood are ideas and expectations of childhood and children, and are reflections of individual perception and cultural ideologies. In writing children's books, authors draw on their conscious and unconscious thoughts of childhood to create an implied reader. In this paper I investigate images of childhood through examination of the…
Descriptors: Children, Reader Text Relationship, Young Children, Early Reading
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Tan, Jennifer – Literacy, 2010
This paper highlights the various roles and influences of a particular text form: the timetable pasted unassumingly on the wall of a residential home for children. It provides examples of literacy events that take place around the ubiquitous timetable and how through these events, the social dynamics of its residents and those around them are…
Descriptors: Residential Care, Scheduling, Children, Literacy
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Martlew, Joan; Ellis, Sue; Stephen, Christine; Ellis, Jennifer – Literacy, 2010
This paper reports the experiences of 150 children and six primary teachers when active learning pedagogies were introduced into the first year of primary schools. Although active learning increased the amount of talk between children, those from socio-economically advantaged homes talked more than those from less advantaged homes. Also,…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Child Language, Children, Economically Disadvantaged
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Gomez, Mary Louise; Schieble, Melissa; Curwood, Jen Scott; Hassett, Dawnene – Literacy, 2010
In this paper, we analyse interactions between secondary students and pre-service teachers in an online environment in order to understand how their meaning-making processes embody distributed cognition. We begin by providing a theoretical review of the ways in which literacy learning is distributed across learners, objects, tools, symbols,…
Descriptors: Traditional Schools, Literacy, Classroom Environment, Preservice Teachers
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Owens, Deborah Duncan – Literacy, 2010
In 2006-2007 a non-profit reading institute initiated a reading reform programme in the United States in which demonstration classrooms were established in 13 of the lowest performing schools in Mississippi, a state recognised for its high rate of poverty and low academic achievement. This qualitative study describes the experiences of 12 highly…
Descriptors: Poverty, Grade 1, Elementary School Teachers, Educational Policy
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Concannon-Gibney, Tara; Murphy, Brian – Literacy, 2010
This article investigates issues surrounding the adoption of the "simple view" of reading. While this theory of the reading process has recently been espoused as the official view of early reading instruction in England, a recent Irish study, discussed in this article, indicated that this view of reading is also widespread among Irish…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Early Reading, Metacognition, Foreign Countries
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Rumsey, Suzanne Kesler – Literacy, 2010
The concept that literacies are best understood when examined in their context has been promoted for decades by socio-cultural literacy researchers such as Brian Street and Shirley Brice Heath. Street's term "literacy practice" is a combination of the actual "events of literacy" and the cultural, social and political…
Descriptors: Cultural Literacy, Literacy, Beliefs, Educational Practices
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Burrell, Andrew; Beard, Roger – Literacy, 2010
This paper explores primary school children's ability to engage with "the power of the text" by tackling persuasive writing in the form of an advertisement. It is eclectically framed within genre theory and rhetorical studies and makes use of linguistic tools and concepts. The paper argues that writing research has not built upon earlier…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Persuasive Discourse, Advertising
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Cliff Hodges, Gabrielle – Literacy, 2010
Recent research in England suggests that opportunities for children's and young people's reading for pleasure may have been curtailed as a result of other curriculum imperatives. Under pressure to raise standards, there has been a strong emphasis on meeting objectives and managing the curriculum, but reasons for reading in the first place appear…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Childrens Literature, Adolescent Literature, Recreational Reading
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O'Sullivan, Olivia; McGonigle, Sue – Literacy, 2010
This paper presents findings from a national project in England, The Power of Reading (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education), which has involved to date 41 projects over 5 years, in 16 Local Authorities nationally, with 900 schools and 1,350 teachers. The paper presents findings for the first 4 years. Our data demonstrate how professional…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Elementary School Students, Literacy Education, Reading Programs
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Pearson, Caroline – Literacy, 2010
It is generally accepted that talk enriches children's interpretations of texts in literature circle discussions. However, the nature of that talk and exactly how it facilitates interpretation of texts has not been much analysed. This article describes some work undertaken with a class of Scottish children, aged 9-10, to introduce them to the idea…
Descriptors: Child Language, Languages, Childrens Literature, Young Children
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Hall, Christine; Thomson, Pat – Literacy, 2010
This article offers an analysis of community arts to develop an argument about the power of vernacular literacies. We draw on Paul Willis' work about grounded aesthetics and everyday symbolic creativity in common culture, and Scollon and Scollon's notions of geosemiotics, to analyse a community play written and performed in a council estate in…
Descriptors: Creativity, Foreign Countries, Story Telling, Literacy
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Burnett, Cathy – Literacy, 2009
In contributing to debates about how student-teachers might draw from personal experience in addressing digital literacy in the classroom, this paper explores the stories that one primary student-teacher told of her digital practices during a larger study of the role of digital literacy in student-teachers' lives. The paper investigates the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education, Computer Literacy
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Dowdall, Clare – Literacy, 2009
Social networking can currently be described as a mainstream youth activity, with almost half of 8-17-year-old children, who have access to the Internet, claiming to participate. As an activity it is of particular interest to literacy educators because it is enacted through the production and consumption of text. However, a growing body of…
Descriptors: Text Structure, Social Networks, Elementary School Students, Computer Mediated Communication
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Graham, Lynda – Literacy, 2009
In this article I explore one day in the life of a primary classroom in which teacher and children are "playful social" insiders in digital worlds. I argue that this snapshot offers glimmers of unimagined ways forward in teaching in digital worlds. The classroom culture is one of challenge, collective intelligence and reflection. The teacher's own…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Teacher Educators, Reflective Teaching, Computer Assisted Instruction
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