Date: 20-Sep-2006 From: Joyce Reid <jreidcup.org> Subject: The Social Construction of Literacy: Cook-Gumperz
Title: The Social Construction of Literacy
Series Title: Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics 25
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Author: Jenny Cook-Gumperz, University of California, Santa Barbara
Hardback: ISBN: 0521819636 Pages: 332 Price: U.S. $ 75.00
Hardback: ISBN: 0521819636 Pages: 332 Price: U.K. £ 45.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521525675 Pages: 332 Price: U.S. $ 29.99
Paperback: ISBN: 0521525675 Pages: 332 Price: U.K. £ 19.99
Literacy - the ability to produce and interpret written text - has long been viewed as the basis of all school achievement; a measure of success that defines both an 'educated' person, and an educable one. In this volume, a team of leading experts raise questions central to the acquisition of literacy. Why do children with similar classroom experiences show different levels of educational achievement? And why do these differences in literacy, and ultimately employability, persist?
By looking critically at the western view of a 'literate' person, the authors present a new perspective on literary acquisition, viewing it as a socially constructed skill, whereby children must acquire discourse strategies that are socially 'approved'. This extensively-revised second edition contains an updated introduction and bibliography, and each chapter has been re-written to account for the most recent research. Groundbreaking and revealing, this volume will continue to have far-reaching implications for educational theory and practice.
1. The social construction of literacy Jenny Cook-Gumperz; 2. Literacy and schooling: an unchanging equation? Jenny Cook-Gumperz; 3. Interactional sociolinguistics in the study of schooling John J. Gumperz and Jenny Cook-Gumperz; 4. The language experience of children at home and at school Gordon Wells; 5. Narrative presentations: an oral preparation for literacy with first graders Sarah Michaels; 6. Differential instructions in reading groups James Collins; 7. Organizational constraints on reading group mobility Donna Eder; 8. Developing mathematical literacy in a bilingual classroom Douglas R. Campbell; 9. Spoken language strategies and reading acquisition Herbert D. Simons and Sandra Murphy; 10. Speaking and writing: discourse strategies and the acquisition of literacy James Collins and Sarah Michaels; 11. The implicit discourse genres of standardized testing: what verbal analogy items require of test makers M. C. O'Connor.