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This new edition of the much-loved Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy has been revised and updated to retain its cutting-edge focus on emergent and important areas of research. This comprehensive and ground-breaking work guides the reader through current social, cultural and historical analysis on a global scale. The new edition contains a greater range of methodologies, and chapters on: - Space and literacy - Disabilities and early childhood literacy - Digital literacies - Indigenous literacy - Play and literacy - Policy In the Handbook, readers will find coverage of all the key topics in early childhood literacy, including perspectives; literacy in families, communities and cultures; making meaning; literacy in preschool settings and schools, and various research methodologies. The exceptional list of contributors offers in-depth expertise in their respective areas of knowledge. This Handbook is essential for BA QTS students; MEd in Literacy students; PhD students; undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD students; researchers, and literacy-centre personnel. Anyone involved in Early Years education and teaching reading and writing will find it illuminating.

Postcolonial Perspectives on Early Childhood Literacy
Postcolonial perspectives on early childhood literacy

Since the last edition of this handbook was published, I have had the opportunity to live and teach at a university in the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Qatar. The government of Qatar has recently embarked upon a massive set of educational and social reforms, designed to transform its economy, which is now dependent upon its considerable natural resources, into a knowledge-based economy, which draws upon the resources and knowledge of its own people. The reform efforts in the field of education have been spearheaded by the RAND Corporation, who provide a brief history of the reforms:

The leadership of the Arabian Gulf nation of Qatar sees education as the key to Qatar's economic and ...

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