Reviews: Literacy skills

16 reviews found for "Literacy skills"
Book review : Extending knowledge in practice : primary English
This is a book review of Extending knowledge in practice : primary English by Jane Medwell and David Wray, published by Learning Matters in 2008, ISBN 9781844451043. It was reviewed by Tracy Wallis of the University of Wolverhampton on behalf of ESCalate. The book offers practical examples set in the context of teaching strategies to give a broad and rich language curriculum as advocated by the Rose review. The authors go beyond this though by...
Book review : Learning to read in a new language : making sense of words and worlds
This is a book review of Learning to read in a new language : making sense of words and worlds by Eve Gregory and published by Sage in 2008, ISBN 9781412928571. It was reviewed by Naomi Flynn of the University of Winchester on behalf of ESCalate. This book explores the issues specific to children learning to read when English is not their home language, and is aimed chiefly at an audience of primary school teachers of second language learners...
Book review : Literacy and gender : researching texts, contexts and readers
This is a book review of Literacy and gender : researching texts, contexts and readers by Gemma Moss and published by Routledge in 2005, ISBN 9780415234573. It was reviewed by Linda Barlow-Meade of Northumbria University on behalf of ESCalate. This book examines strategies that boys use to minimise the visibility of their underachievement. It argues that degrees of success in literacy lie in the structure of schooling and the role the reading...
Book review : SAGE handbook of writing development
This is a book review of the SAGE handbook of writing development edited by Roger Beard et al., published by Sage in 2009, ISBN 9781412948463. It was reviewed by Susan Wilkinson of the University of Portsmouth on behalf of ESCalate. This varied collection of papers that together review work in the area of writing development, summarise key debates, and consider where current research is taking place. It extensively examines a range of...
Book review : Teaching synthetic phonics
This is a book review of Teaching synthetic phonics by Rhona Johnston and Joyce Elizabeth Watson, published by Learning Matters in 2007, ISBN 9781844451210. It was reviewed by Alex Melrose of Stockport College on behalf of ESCalate. Teaching Synthetic Phonics provides a useful guide to the whole field of synthetic phonics in that it provides knowledge of the principles behind what is meant by synthetic phonics in a succinct and easy-to-understand...
Book review : The good writing guide for education students
This a book review of The good writing guide for education students, updated 2nd edition, by Dominic Wyse, published by Sage Publications in 2007 ISBN 9781412948593. It was reviewed by James Williams of the University of Sussex for ESCalate. The book is split into two parts, part 1 being about reading and thinking. Part 2 is about the actual writing process. The guide takes students through the process of wider reading; why it is necessary, how...
Book review : The really useful literacy book : being creative with literacy in the primary classroom
Feelings that the National Curriculum (NC) and the National Literacy Strategy (NLS) have raised standards in literacy at the expense of creativity in teaching and learning permeate the book. The authors also express a concern that the importance of speaking and listening has been devalued. The authors focus upon key principles of teaching and learning that may guide primary literacy practitioners, and those who teach or support them. Includes...
Book Review: Dyslexia, Reading and the Brain. A Sourcebook of Psychological and Biological Research
Beaton is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wales, Swansea. He is concerned with the topics of “reading and developmental dyslexia” and with the intellectual isolation that can arise when practitioners and researchers working on different aspects of the field have little contact either with each other and/or with each other’s literatures (p.ix). The author’s aim is to provide a “comprehensive review of...
Book Review: Hidden worlds: young children learning literacy in multicultural contexts
This book explores how different children in the UK come to be literate. It questions the helpfulness of national strategies which may impose a common approach. There are various interesting case studies about children and their particular experiences, in nursery schools or at home. The author emphasises the importance of developing literacy projects which draw on home experiences
Book Review: Improving Literacy by Teaching Morphemes (Improving Learning S.)
This book makes a bold claim: a child’s spelling and vocabulary performance can be significantly improved by the explicit teaching of morphemes. Morphemes are units of meaning that produce words. Thus, to use an example from the book, the word ‘unforgettable’ is made of three parts: ‘un’ (a prefix), ‘forget’ (a root) and ‘able’ (a suffix). ‘Unforgettable’ is therefore a three-morpheme word; ‘forget’ is a one-morpheme word; ‘tables’ is a...
Book Review: Inside The Literacy Hour: Learning From Classroom Experience
This book describes the impact of the first two years of the National Literacy Strategy on twenty teachers working in small rural schools and their classes. The research examines the effect of the imposed changes on the teachers’ practice, discusses the progress of target children in reading as measured by standardised tests and in writing, and gives relevant insight into how teachers were able to successfully accommodate the NLS within their...
Book Review: Language, Literacy and Education: A Reader
This collection of chapters, journal articles and specially commissioned pieces is designed to accompany an Open University MA Education or Education/Applied Linguistics course
Book Review: Reading Educational Research and Policy
The aim of Reading Educational Research and Policy is simply stated as extending and developing the educational literacy of its readers. The intended readers are student teachers, teacher trainers (sic) and inservice teachers. Its starting point is that all educational texts are constructed in certain ways and on the basis of certain (usually powerful) interests and therefore need to be read as such if they are to be properly understood and used....
Book Review: Speech And Language Impairments In Children: Causes, Characteristics, Intervention and Outcome
This enjoyable book draws on a variety of papers presented during the plenary sessions of the Third International Symposium on children’s speech and language disorders (Afasic 1999). The majority of the sixteen authors base their cross-disciplinary chapters on personal research, to provide a snapshot of current research findings related to speech and language impairment (SLI): thus chapters range from the genetics of language disorders to...
Book Review: The Good Writing Guide for Education Students
This book does exactly what the title suggests; it is a step-by-step guide to enable undergraduate students to produce good quality written work. It can be read as complete text or used as a reference book to address specific issues such as referencing conventions or punctuation issues and it contains a particularly effective chapter on learning from feedback and using constructive criticism
Book Review: Writing The Winning Thesis Or Dissertation: A Step-by-step Guide
The stated purpose or aim of this book is to ‘demystify the writing of theses…[and provide] an experience-based, practical work that takes [students] through the process one step at a time’ (p xi). As such, the book is divided into five parts; establishing the foundations of a master’s or doctoral research project; developing a research proposal and mounting an initial defence of it; researching and writing the thesis or dissertation; defending...