This book will to help student and practicing teachers to understand the issues surrounding literacy, the place of transition in pupils' lives, and to feel confident in handling the National Literacy Strategy.

Literacy and Subject Knowledge

Literacy and Subject Knowledge

Literacy and subject knowledge

Teachers and student teachers do not approach literacy in some neutral mode. This chapter probes the thoughts, feelings and attitudes of student teachers from both phases as they become ‘teachers of reading’. We learn about the differences between the phases and also about their shared perceptions. Most importantly we are able to see how they have been to some extent ‘formed’ by their backgrounds, education and training and how this provides real strengths but also some potential blind spots.


What do you need to know to be an effective teacher of literacy? Does it matter how you use literacy in your own life? Will that influence how you teach literacy? Can you teach pupils to behave as readers and ...

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