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Caitlin McMunn Dooley, Miriam Martinez & Nancy L. Roser

In: The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy

Chapter 23: Young Children's Literary Meaning Making: A Decade of Research 2000–2010

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Young Children's Literary Meaning Making: A Decade of Research 2000–2010
Young children's literary meaning making: A decade of research 2000–2010
Caitlin McMunnDooley, MiriamMartinez, and Nancy L.Roser

Literary meaning making is a gateway through which many young children in western cultures enter the world of literacy. In this chapter we review research from the past decade (2000–2010) that provides insights into how young children from preschool to approximately age 8 construct meaning as they read, listen, and respond to literature. This research suggests that the opportunity to participate in literary meaning making is one of the most important experiences contributing to a child's literacy development (e.g., Dooley, 2010; Dooley, Matthews, Matthews, and Champion, 2009; Sipe, 2008; Wohlwend, 2009). Unlike constrained skills, such as the identification of letter-sound relationships ...

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