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Effective Literacy Teaching in the Early Years of School: A Review of Evidence

Effective literacy teaching in the early years of school: A review of evidence


This chapter explores the literature on effective literacy teaching in the early stages of schooling, where early years is defined as ranging from 5 to 8 years. The focus is not so much about the relative effectiveness of various teaching methods, instructional programmes, teaching materials, or the ‘natural’ development of literacy in young children as it is about what characterises teacher expertise in the intentional promotion of literacy in the early-years classroom.

There is now considerable agreement in the research field regarding how young children become literate (e.g., Roskos and Christie, 2001; Bissex, 1980; Bussis et al., 1985; Adams, 1991; Snow ...

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