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 6: Policy-Making in Early Childhood Literacy: Pathways to Equity for All Children
Policy-Making in Early Childhood Literacy: Pathways to Equity for All Children
Literacy, when narrowly defined as a set of limited and predictable skills, has been found to be one of the most important foundations for success in school and life (August and Shanahan, 2006; Snow, Barnes, Chandler, Goodman, and Hemphill, 1991; Snow, Burns, and Griffin, 1998). In addition to the contributions of this particular line of research, educators, practitioners, and the public in general are increasingly recognizing the critical importance of developing such literacy skills from birth and not from the start of formal schooling. As a result, there has been a strong interest in developing policies, programs, and curriculum initiatives that that enhance efficiency ...