Most children engage with a range of popular cultural forms outside of school. Their experiences with film, television, computer games and other cultural texts are very motivating, but often find no place within the official curriculum, where children are usually restricted to conventional forms of literacy. This book demonstrates how to use children's interests in popular culture to develop literacy in the primary classroom. The authors provide a theoretical basis for such work through an exploration of related theory and research, drawing from the fields of education, sociology and cultural studies. Teachers are often concerned about issues of sexism, racism, violence and commercialism within the disco
Chapter 4: Environmental Print
In this chapter, we intend to consider what is involved in the process of learning to read and the role played by the materials provided for early encounters with print. Once again, the focus of our discussion will be on the importance of the role of popular culture in informing the reading materials used to support children in the early stages of reading development. However, it is important to look first at the ideologies which currently influence practice in school.
As far back as most of the teachers currently engaged in the development of children's reading can remember, heated debates have taken place in English-speaking countries about the most effective methods of teaching young children to read. Although these debates are best ...