Becoming Literate in the City: The Baltimore Early Childhood Project

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Januar 2005



The results of a five-year longitudinal study of children's early literacy development.


Preface; 1. Early appropriation of literacy in sociocultural context; 2. Growing up in Baltimore: the early childhood project; 3. The intimate culture of children's homes; 4. Processes of literacy enculturation in the home; 5. The development of literacy competencies and orientations; 6. The agenda and practices of schooling; 7. Relations between homes and schools; 8. Conclusions and implications for policy and practice; References.


Robert Serpell is Professor of Psychology at the University of Zambia. In addition to many scholarly journal articles and chapters, he has published several books including Culture's Influence on Behaviour (1976), Mobilizing Local Resources in Africa for Persons with Learning Difficulties or Mental Handicap (1984) and The Significance of Schooling: Life-Journeys in an African Society (1993). His main research interests are cultural aspects of human development, intelligence, multilingualism, literacy, assessment and intervention services for children with disabilities and their families, and educational curriculum development. He is an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, a Member of the International Executive Committee of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD), and a Member of the Editorial Board for the APA journal, International Perspectives in Psychology. Linda Baker is Professor of Psychology and Director of the doctoral program in Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in cognitive psychology in 1977. Her research interests include early literacy development, motivation for reading, parental influences on cognitive development Susan Sonnenschein is an associate professor in the Applied Developmental Psychology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In addition to her doctorate in developmental psychology, she received a master's degree in education psychology and is certified as a school psychologist.


'The book is accessible to anyone with an interest in literacy development; the authors avoid complicated terminology and use quotes from participating families to illustrate some of the more complex ideas. ... for many readers the book provides an informative consideration of many factors related to literacy development, and is an equally good place to start for many others.' Psychologist
EAN: 9780521772020
ISBN: 0521772028
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2005
Seitenanzahl: 310 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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