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Handbook of Early Literacy Research


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Introduction, David K. Dickinson and Susan B. NeumanI. Cognitive and Linguistic Building Blocks of Early Literacy Development 1. A Window of Opportunity We Must Open to All: The Case for Preschool With High-Quality Support for Language and Literacy, David K. Dickinson, Allyssa McCabe, and Marilyn J. Essex2. The Knowledge Gap: Implications for Early Education, Susan B. Neuman3. Vocabulary Development and Instruction: A Prerequisite for School Learning, Andrew Biemiller4. Literacy Development: Insights from Research on Skilled Reading, Jane Ashby and Keith Rayner5. Neurobiological Investigations of Skilled and Impaired Reading, Kenneth R. Pugh, Rebecca Sandak, Stephen J. Frost, Dina Moore, and W. Einar MenclII. Phonemic Awareness and Letter Knowledge 6. Conceptualizing Phonological Processing Skills in Prereaders, Christopher J. Lonigan7. The Development of Phonological Sensitivity, Stephen R. Burgess8. Phonemic Awareness and Reading: Beyond the Growth of Initial Reading Accuracy, Beth M. Phillips and Joseph K. Torgesen9. The Roots of Learning to Read and Write: Acquisition of Letters and Phonemic Awareness, Linnea C. Ehri and Theresa Roberts III. Families and Relationships: Socioemotional and Linguistic Supports 10. The Influence of Parenting on Emerging Literacy Skills, Susan H. Landry and Karen E. Smith11. Teacher-Child Relationships in Early Literacy, Robert C. Pianta12. Environmental Supports for Language Acquisition, Erika Hoff 13. The Misunderstood Giant: On the Predictive Role of Early Vocabulary to Future Reading, Monique Senechal, Gene Ouellette, and Donna RodneyIV. Cultural and Linguistic Diversity 14. Effective Interventions for English Language Learners (Spanish-English) at Risk for Reading Difficulties, Sharon Vaughn, Sylvia Linan-Thompson, Sharolyn Pollard-Durodola, Patricia G. Mathes, and Elsa Cardenas Hagan 15. Recent Research on the Language and Literacy Skills of African American Students in the Early Years, Holly K. Craig and Julie A. Washington16. Cultural Diversity in Early Literacy: Findings in Dutch Studies, Paul P. M. Leseman and Cathy van Tuijl17. Considering Culture in Research-Based Interventions to Support Early Literacy, Stuart McNaughtonV. Supporting Literacy in Preschool Classrooms 18. Vygotskian Perspectives on Teaching and Learning Early Literacy, Elena Bodrova and Deborah J. Leong 19. Preschool Classroom Environments and the Quantity and Quality of Children's Literacy and Language Behaviors, Dale C. Farran, Canan Aydogan, Shin Ji Kang, and Mark W. Lipsey20. The Relationships between Sociodramatic Play and Literacy Development, Lesley Mandel Morrow and Judith A. Schickedanz21. Encouraging Young Children's Language Interactions with Stories, Margaret G. McKeown and Isabel L. Beck 22. Early Literacy Policy and Pedagogy, Kathleen Roskos and Carol VukelichVI. Programmatic Interventions During the Preschool Years 23. Reading Ahead: Effective Interventions for Young Children's Early Literacy Development, Pia Rebello Britto, Allison S. Fuligni, and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn24. A Pediatric Approach to Early Literacy, Robert Needlman, Perri Klass, and Barry Zuckerman25. Emergent Literacy of Low-Income Children in Head Start: Relationships with Child and Family Characteristics, Program Factors, and Classroom Quality, Nicholas Zill and Gary ResnickVII. Toward Effective Primary Grade Instruction 26. The Transition to School, Frederick J. Morrison, Carol McDonald Connor, and Heather J. Bachman 27. Perspectives on the Difficulty of Beginning Reading Texts, Elfrieda H. Hiebert and Heidi Anne E. Mesmer28. The Impact of Early School Experiences on Initial Reading, Connie Juel29. Policy Decisions in Early Literacy Assessment, Terry Salinger30. Early Education Interventions: Principles of Effective and Sustained Benefits from Targeted Early Education Programs, Sharon Landesman Ramey and Craig T. Ramey

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David K. Dickinson, EdD, is a professor at the Peabody School of Education, Vanderbilt University. He received his doctoral training at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education after teaching elementary school in the Philadelphia area for 5 years. Since the early 1980s he has studied language and early literacy development among low-income populations, with a focus on the role of oral language in literacy development. Dr. Dickinson has examined the interrelationships among language, print skills, and phonemic awareness and has conducted detailed studies of language use patterns in early childhood classrooms. He helped create tools for describing literacy support in preschool classrooms, and developed and studied approaches to providing professional development for preschool teachers. Widely published, Dr. Dickinson has served on numerous advisory boards and recently was on a commission assisting the National Association for the Education of Young Children with revising its accreditation standards.

Susan B. Neuman, EdD, a professor in educational studies specializing in early literacy development, returned to the University of Michigan in 2004 after a 2-year hiatus, during which she served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education. Her research and teaching interests include early childhood policy, curriculum, and early reading instruction. In her role as Assistant Secretary, she established the Reading First program and the Early Reading First program, and was responsible for all activities in Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Dr. Neuman recently received an honorary doctorate from the California State University-Hayward, where she also conducted her master's work in reading and curriculum. Widely published, she received her doctorate from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.


"Amidst a sea of political controversy surrounding early reading instruction, this book offers the most up-to-date and definitive research perspectives available today. While dealing fully and well with the importance of phonemic awareness and decoding, it places reading within the wider context of language development and child development. I particularly applaud the stress on children, rich and poor, learning to read in such a way that they don't just pass reading tests, but are successful learners in the content areas throughout their school years. This book is essential reading, cover to cover, for anyone interested in reading and literacy."--James Paul Gee, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"This extraordinarily valuable resource brings together the work of knowledgeable and credible scholars in a variety of areas related to early literacy research. Writing in a manner that is accessible to both researchers and practitioners, the contributors go beyond updating us on the vast amount of accumulated knowledge on emerging and early literacy. They help us make sense of its applications to our work with young children and those who care for and teach them."--Dorothy S. Strickland, PhD, Department of Learning and Teaching, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

"This book is brimming with research-based insights into foundational topics in early literacy learning and instruction, including vocabulary development, phonemic awareness, the role of policy, and sociocognition. It also contributes to a growing knowledge base in such cutting-edge areas as the role of caregiver-teacher collaboration, second language learning, brain imaging, and early educational interventions. Delving deeply into early childhood literacy issues, this book will make a powerful contribution as a guiding text for researchers, graduate students, and educators."--Linda D. Labbo, PhD, Department of Language and Literacy, University of Georgia

"I used both Volumes 1 and 2 in a course on theory and research in early literacy. The texts provided my graduate students with contemporary theoretical frameworks and addressed a range of questions commonly asked by those engaged in dissertation research. I would definitely use these books again."--Olivia Saracho, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland, College Park

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