9780863778186

The Foundation of Literacy: The Child's Acquisition of the Alphabetic Principle

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  • ISBN13:

    9780863778186

  • ISBN10:

    0863778186

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1998-03-01
  • Publisher: Psychology Pres

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Summary

This monograph brings together important research that the author and his colleagues at the University of New England have been conducting into the early stages of reading development, and makes a valuable contribution to the debate about literacy education. It should appeal to a broad audience since it is written in an entertaining and accessible style, with chapter summaries, and where appropriate short tutorials in relevant topics, in particular "Learnability Theory" (Chapter 1), "Levels of "Language Structure" (Chapter 2) and "Writing Systems" (Chapter 3).

Table of Contents

Preface ix
1. Definitions, phenomena, questions, and frameworks
1(22)
Defining the alphabetic principle
1(1)
Detecting the alphabetic principle
2(1)
Why study the acquisition of the alphabetic principle?
3(1)
An exercise
4(6)
The exercise revisited: Experimental data
10(6)
Learnability Theory
16(3)
Learnability Theory and educational research
19(1)
Chapter summary
20(3)
2. Children's initial hypotheses about alphabetic script
23(26)
Levels of spoken language: A brief tutorial
25(2)
Writing systems: A brief tutorial
27(8)
The hypothesis selection procedure: A "rational" possibility and empirical evidence
35(9)
Other uses for Learnability Theory
44(1)
Chapter summary
45(4)
3. Induction of the alphabetic principle?
49(26)
Expectations about induction
50(3)
Induction of the alphabetic principle: Experimental data
53(12)
Why do phonemic units present problems for the inductive process?
65(8)
Chapter summary
73(2)
4. Instruction in the alphabetic principle
75(34)
Analysing successful decoding
76(1)
Data I: Small-scale experiments
77(7)
Data II: Classroom research
84(18)
Other relevant intervention research
102(2)
Classroom teaching practices
104(1)
Remediation of established reading difficulties
104(1)
Learnability Theory
105(1)
Chapter summary
106(3)
5. Individual differences
109(30)
A framework for studying individual differences
110(1)
Our data bases for studying individual differences
111(4)
Individual differences in acquiring the alphabetic principle
115(17)
Effects of early variation in mastery of the alphabetic principle on later reading development
132(5)
Chapter summary
137(2)
6. Conclusions and implications
139(6)
Summary of major findings and conclusions
139(3)
Educational implications
142(1)
Beyond the alphabetic principle
143(2)
References 145(10)
Author index 155(4)
Subject index 159

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