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TR 67. From Invention to Social Action in Early Childhood Literacy: A Reconceptualization through Di

By Anne Haas Dyson

Summary: Drawing on a recent ethnographic study of child composing in an urban primary school, Dyson contrasts dominant assumptions about appropriate developmental practices (i.e., invented spelling, process writing) with children's interpretations of those practices, interpretations grounded in children's social and cultural worlds. She argues that infusing situatedness and culture into the ways in which educators observe and make sense of children's written language should make "normal" a range of possible pathways to literacy--and "appropriate" a range of ways of teaching. September, 1993; 17 pages.

TR 67. From Invention to Social Action in Early Childhood Literacy: A Reconceptualization through Dialogue about Difference
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