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Greg Brooks & Peter Hannon

In: The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy

Chapter 11: Research Issues in Family Literacy

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Research Issues in Family Literacy
Research issues in family literacy
GregBrooks and PeterHannon
Introduction

‘Family literacy research has become indispensable for a full understanding of how young children learn literacy, and how they may be taught or helped to acquire it’ (Hannon, 2003: 99). That was how Peter Hannon opened the chapter titled ‘Family literacy programmes’ in the first edition of this Handbook. In it he concentrated on the context and rationale for such programmes, and on research issues in the field. Since his chapter appeared there has been extensive further research and publication, including a detailed history and analysis of family literacy in England (Brooks et al., 2012, which should be read alongside this chapter, especially for initiatives which clearly were family literacy programmes before Taylor, 1983 ...

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