This Handbook provides an overview of contemporary research into early childhood literacy. The Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy deals with subjects related to the nature, function, and use of literacy and the development, learning, and teaching of literacy in early childhood. In addition it covers issues relating to researching literacy in early childhood and will be a guide to those carrying out research in early childhood literacy. The contributions reflect early childhood literacy as a worldwide and social phenomenon. The Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy particularly emphasises literacy as a socially situated and global experience, and one that is evolving in relation to changes in contemporary culture and technological innovation. The arrangement of chapters reflects a contemporary perspective on research into early childhood literacy. Major sections include: the global world of early childhood literacy; childhood literacy and family; community and culture; the development of literacy in early childhood; pedagogy and early childhood literacy researching early childhood literacy.
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PART ONE: PERSPECTIVES ON EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY The Emergence of Early Childhood Literacy - Julia Gillen and Nigel Hall Postcolonial Perspectives on Childhood and Literacy - Radhika Viruru Gender and Early Childhood Literacy - Elaine Millard Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Literacy - Aria Razfar and Kris Guti[ac]errez The Sociocultural Influence PART TWO: EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY IN FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES AND CULTURES Researching Young Children's Out-of-School Literacy Practices - Michele Knobel and Colin Lankshear Language, Literacy and Community - Patricia Baquedano-Lopez The Out-of-School Schooling of Literacy - Eve Gregory and Charmian Kenner Literacy Within Family Life - Trevor H. Cairney Family Literacy Programmes - Peter Hannon Early Childhood Literacy and Popular Culture - Jackie Marsh Film and Television - Muriel Robinson and Margaret Mackey PART THREE: EARLY MOVES IN LITERACY Moving into Literacy - Lesley Lancaster How It All Begins Perspectives on Making Meaning - Gunther Kress The Differential Principles and Means of Adults and Children Brain Activity, Genetics and Learning to Read - Gerald Coles Becoming Biliterate - Charmian Kenner and Eve Gregory Playing the Storyteller - Carol Fox Some Principles for Learning Literacy in the Early Years of Schooling Uncovering the Key Skills of Reading - Roger Beard Phonology and Learning to Read - Rhona Stainthorp Young Children's Literacy Meaning Making - Miriam Martinez, Nancy Roser and Caitlin Dooley Verbal and Visual Literacy - Maria Nikolajeva The Role of Picturebooks in the Reading Experience of Young Children Textbooks and Early Childhood Literacy - Alan Luke, Victoria Carrington and Cushla Kapitzke The Nature of Young Children's Authoring - Deborah Wells Rowe The Development of Spelling - Patricia L. Scharer and Jerry Zutell Writing the World - Frances Christie PART FOUR: LITERACY IN PRESCHOOL SETTINGS AND SCHOOLS Talk and Discourse in Formal Learning Settings - Joanne Larson and Shira May Peterson Effective Literacy Teaching in the Early Years of School - Kathy Hall A Review of Evidence Creating Positive Literacy Learning Environments in Early Childhood - Laurie Makin Computers and Early Literacy Education - Linda D. Labbo and David Reinking Critical Literacy - Barbara Comber What Does it Look Like in the Early Years? Finding Literacy - Sharon Murphy A Review of Research on Literacy Assessment in Early Childhood PART FIVE: RESEARCHING EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY Methodologies in Research on Young Children and Literacy - David Bloome and Laurie Katz Feminist Methodologies and Research for Early Childhood Literacies - Jeanette Rhedding-Jones Taking a Naturalistic Viewpoint in Early Childhood Literacy Research - Brian Cambourne