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TR 71. Writing Children: Reinventing the Development of Childhood Literacy

By Anne Haas Dyson

Summary: Adult ways of writing about children have traditionally taken for granted the social and ideological worlds of privileged adults. In this essay, Dyson aims to make problematic such writing by reviewing new visions of language and of development that acknowledge human sociocultural and ideological complexity. To more fully explore these new visions, this essay also offers a concrete illustration of writing children as social and ideologically complex beings. It concludes by considering implications for both professional writing and classroom pedagogy. April 1995; 38 pages.

TR 71. Writing Children: Reinventing the Development of Childhood Literacy
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