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Barbara Comber

In: The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy

Chapter 33: Critical Literacy in the Early Years: Emergence and Sustenance in an Age of Accountability

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Critical Literacy in the Early Years: Emergence and Sustenance in an Age of Accountability
Critical literacy in the early years: Emergence and sustenance in an age of accountability
BarbaraComber
Introduction

The work of early childhood educators in facilitating young children's literacy acquisition has never received more attention than in the new millennium. Media hype about literacy crises, falling standards, teacher quality and government promises of minimum standards for all children have simultaneously increased the ‘visibility’ of literacy and the stakes for school performance. Indeed the last two decades could be seen as an age of pronouncements with respect to literacy, with politicians internationally promising to cure supposed low literacy with standardized tests and mandated programmes. As the rhetoric around literacy intensifies many late-capitalist economies are experiencing shifts that ...

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