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Literacy Development in A Multilingual Context : Cross-cultural Perspectives - Aydin Yucesan Durgunoglu

Literacy Development in A Multilingual Context

Cross-cultural Perspectives

By: Aydin Yucesan Durgunoglu (Editor), Ludo Verhoeven (Editor)

Paperback Published: 13th October 1998
ISBN: 9780805824438
Number Of Pages: 328

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During the past decades, literacy has gradually become a major concern all over the world. Though there is a great diversity in both the distribution and degree of literacy in different countries, there has been an increasing awareness of the number of illiterates and the consequences of being illiterate. However, literacy is no longer seen as a universal trait. When one focuses on culturally-sensitive accounts of reading and writing practices, the concept of literacy as a single trait does not seem very feasible. A multiplicity of literacy practices can be distinguished which are related to specific cultural contexts and associated with relations of power and ideology. As such, literacy can be seen as a lifelong context-bound set of practices in which an individual's needs vary with time and place.
This volume explores the use of literacy outside the mainstream in different contexts throughout the world. It is divided into four sections. Section 1 presents an anthropological perspective--analyzing the society and the individual in a society. Section 2 presents a psychological perspective--focusing on the individuals themselves and analyzing the cognitive and affective development of young children as they acquire literacy in their first and second languages. Section 3 presents an educational perspective--highlighting the variations in educational approaches in different societies as well as the outcomes of these approaches. Section 4 summarizes the studies presented in this volume. Both theoretical issues and educational implications related to the development of literacy in two languages are discussed. An attempt is also made to open up new directions in the study of literacy development in multilingual contexts by bringing these various disciplinary perspectives together.

Introduction Perspectives on Literacy Development in Multilingual Contextsp. ix
Referencesp. xvii
Anthropological Perspective the Individual and Societyp. 1
Minority L1 Literacy in Sweden and Karelia: Challenges and Strategiesp. 3
Referencesp. 19
Literacy in Developing Societies: Native Language Versus National Language Literacyp. 21
Referencesp. 34
Literacies in the Lives of Young Gujarati Speakers in Leicesterp. 37
Acknowledgmentp. 49
Referencesp. 50
Literacy and Bilingualism in A Cambodian Community in the Usap. 51
Referencesp. 80
Psychological Perspective the Development of the Individualp. 83
Component Processes in Becoming English-Hebrew Biliteratep. 85
Acknowledgmentp. 106
Referencesp. 107
Attaining Functional Biliteracy in the Netherlandsp. 111
Referencesp. 132
Acquiring Literacy in English and Spanish in the United Statesp. 135
Referencesp. 144
Literacy Training for Linguistic Minorities in Norwayp. 147
Referencep. 165
p. 167
Putting Second Language First: Language and Literacy Learning in Moroccop. 169
Acknowledgmentp. 182
Referencesp. 183
Acquisition of Literacy in Multilingual Contexts in Danish Schoolsp. 185
Referencesp. 201
The Acquisition of Literacy by Immigrant Children in Swedenp. 203
Referencesp. 222
Learning to Read in Chinese, Korean, and Japanesep. 225
Referencesp. 247
Sabaq: Context of Learning Literacy for Girls in Rural Pakistanp. 249
Referencesp. 265
Early Writing Acquisition in Catalan and Israeli Communitiesp. 267
Referencesp. 286
Epilogue: Multilingualism and Literacy Development Across Different Culturesp. 289
Referencesp. 298
Author Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9780805824438
ISBN-10: 080582443X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 13th October 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1

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