`This book examines the literacy development and assessment of children before the age of five years. It is highly relevant to all those professionally involved in assessment. Cathy Nutbrown explores the need for appropriate assessment practice to support teachers and illustrates the mismatch between the way teachers and researchers assess literacy. The book is worth buying for the final chapter alone, which provides an analysis of the newly developed Sheffield Early Literacy Development Profile. The actual tasks are included in the appendices. Thus, Cathy Nutbrown does not leave us frustrated. We are able to consider an ongoing assessment which is in tune with the best practice in teaching. This is a research text which b

Official Recognition of Early Literacy Development in the UK

Official recognition of early literacy development in the UK

This chapter traces key stages in government policy and discusses changes in practice in early literacy education.

Literacy finally earned a place in the nursery education curriculum in the 1980s. Until that time stories were read to children, they looked at books, staff wrote the children's names for them, and nursery rhymes were sung (but often as a ‘musical’ activity rather than an aid to language and literacy development). Before the age of compulsory schooling children were not generally encouraged to experiment with writing, nor were they expected to show any clear understanding of or interest in literacy. Early literacy development had been overlooked until the late 1970s. In ...

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