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Challenges facing early childhood teachers in literacy education


Nailon, D and Emery, S and Stephenson, E and Thomas, D, Challenges facing early childhood teachers in literacy education, Linguistics and language education in new horizons: The link between theory, research and pedagogy, Nova Science Publishers, S Fan, T Le & Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 401-416. ISBN 978-1-63482-800-0 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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Early childhood is the time of some of life‘s major transitions (Fabian, 2000), when children make the move from being largely home based, into early childhood education and care (ECEC) environments, and from there to school environments. Literacy has been identified as being foundational to successful transitioning through these times and spaces, and to future success in school and life (Jensen, 2012; Dickinson, McCabe & Essex, 2006). But what is literacy as it relates to young children? What are the challenges that early childhood teachers face in literacy education? How do the politics of literacy education across early childhood settings influence teachers‘ approaches? These are questions explored in this chapter. Based on the increasing focus on literacy learning and measurement of outcomes we propose that educators and teachers inform their practice firstly, from research into literacy education and secondly, through a clear understanding of their own beliefs about early literacy. Some insights are offered for consideration.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:early literacy education, proximal processes, intentional teaching
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Nailon, D (Ms Di Nailon)
UTAS Author:Emery, S (Dr Sherridan Emery)
UTAS Author:Stephenson, E (Mrs Elspeth Stephenson)
UTAS Author:Thomas, D (Dr Damon Thomas)
ID Code:102632
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-09-01
Last Modified:2017-10-17

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