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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.

Young Children's Literary Meaning Making: A Decade of Research 2000–2010
Young children's literary meaning making: A decade of research 2000–2010
Caitlin McMunnDooley, MiriamMartinez, and Nancy L.Roser

Literary meaning making is a gateway through which many young children in western cultures enter the world of literacy. In this chapter we review research from the past decade (2000–2010) that provides insights into how young children from preschool to approximately age 8 construct meaning as they read, listen, and respond to literature. This research suggests that the opportunity to participate in literary meaning making is one of the most important experiences contributing to a child's literacy development (e.g., Dooley, 2010; Dooley, Matthews, Matthews, and Champion, 2009; Sipe, 2008; Wohlwend, 2009). Unlike constrained skills, such as the identification of letter-sound relationships ...

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