Foreword by: Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar
Publication Date: October 23, 2015
Series: Language and Literacy Series
This comprehensive textbook introduces readers to the most influential theories and models of reading and literacy, ranging from behaviorism and early information-processing theories to social constructionist and critical theories. Focusing on how these theories connect with different curricular approaches to literacy instruction (pre-K to grade 12), the author shows how they both shape and are shaped by everyday literacy practices in classrooms. Readers are invited to explore detailed vignettes that offer a practice-based view of theories as they are brought to life in the classroom.
Unlike other books on literacy theories, this one devotes substantial attention to linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms and 21st-century technologies.
Lara J. Handsfield is associate professor of elementary education and literacy in the School of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University and co-editor of the journal Action in Teacher Education.
"In these times, when teachers are maligned in both the popular press and professional literature and subject to the vagaries of the sociopolitical contexts in which education unfolds, a volume such as this offers the potential to provide intellectual freedom in the complex work of teaching."
—From the foreword by Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar, Jean and Charles Walgreen Jr. Chair of Reading and Literacy and teacher educator in Educational Studies at the University of Michigan
"Where would we be without our theories to guide our views of educating? For many, though, theories remain elusive and inaccessible. Finally, a text that brings together and honors multiple perspectives and makes clear the power of a good theory for making sense of our worldviews. Handsfield provides elegant demonstrations of the relations of literacy theories to actions, decisions, and practices. A must-read for literacy educators and researchers."
—Victoria Risko, professor emerita, Language, Literacy, Culture,
Vanderbilt University, past president (2011–2012), International Literacy Association