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Diverse Literacies in Early Childhood

A social justice approach
ISBN13: 9781742860220
Author(s): Edited by Leonie Arthur, Jean Ashton and Bronwyn Beecher
Publisher: ACER Press, 2014
SKU code: A5261BK
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This important, research-based text explores the concept of literacy as social practice within diverse family, community and educational settings. Its theoretical premise - that literacy learning and life chances are inextricably linked - is underscored by practical example, teachers' stories and real-world references.

With close reference to the Early Years Learning Framework, this book acknowledges the multiplicity of 'literacy' experiences that manifest in the lives of young children from birth to five years.

The title provides clear guidelines and foundational principles for tertiary students, early childhood professionals and primary school teachers, as they work to support literacy learning and prepare children for future success.

Diverse Literacies in Early Childhood:

  • Includes direct links in each chapter to the Early Years Learning Framework, Australian Curriculum, National Goals for Schooling and National Quality Standard
  • Includes case studies, sample documentation and examples
  • Outlines the importance of popular culture and digital media in the lives of young children and families
  • Explores the partnerships that extend all children's literacy participation across homes, early childhood settings and schools
  • Investigates ways of documenting and assessing children's literacy interests and pedagogies for extending literacy learning
  • Focuses on diverse sociocultural contexts.
Author(s): Edited by Leonie Arthur, Jean Ashton and Bronwyn Beecher
About the Author(s):

Dr Leonie Arthur is a senior lecturer in early childhood education and the Director of the Early Childhood Program at the University of Western Sydney. Leonie has published widely concerning early childhood curriculum and young children's literacy learning. She was a member of the consortium that developed the Early Years Learning Framework and is a member of the Futuro Infantil Hoy research and professional development project in Chile.

Dr Jean Ashton is an early childhood consultant. Recently Jean has been Acting Head of Program (Early Childhood) at the University of Sydney where she helped develop, establish and teach their programs for Master of Teaching and Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood-Birth-5), including early literacy. Prior to this Jean was a lecturer and researcher in early literacy at the University of Western Sydney.

Dr Bronwyn Beecher is currently an early childhood consultant, having worked in teaching and research at the University of Western Sydney for many years. Her collaborative research interests include contemporary literacy practices for families, communities and children; active literacy learning through play-based experiences; and working with educators to build on children's practices within the curriculum.