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.
Chapter 20: Reading Policy: Evidence versus Power
Reading Policy: Evidence versus Power
In an ideal world, a teacher could read about and apply to classroom teaching many of the valuable, research-supported ideas in this Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy. However, classrooms exist in a world so far from ideal in which, in recent years, many recommendations in this Handbook have been legally, forcefully, and unscrupulously branded as contrary to ‘scientifically-based reading instruction.’ A teacher emphasizing meaning-making, teaching according to constructivist principles, promoting critical literacy, or criticizing reading textbooks is likely to be censured by administrative superiors or worse.
The problem has been glaring in the United States but also runs deep in other nations. What had become an international movement of educators ‘from all around the world–Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, ...