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Literacy in African American Communities - Joyce L. Harris

Literacy in African American Communities

By: Joyce L. Harris (Editor), Alan G. Kamhi (Editor), Karen E. Pollock (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2000
ISBN: 9780805834017
Number Of Pages: 344

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This volume explores the unique sociocultural contexts of literacy development, values, and practices in African American communities. African Americans--young and old--are frequently the focus of public discourse about literacy. In a society that values a rather sophisticated level of literacy, they are among those who are most disadvantaged by low literacy achievement. "Literacy in African American Communities" contributes a fresh perspective by revealing how social history and cultural values converge to influence African Americans' literacy values and practices, acknowledging that literacy issues pertaining to this group are as unique and complex as this group's collective history.
Existing literature on literacy in African American communities is typically segmented by age or academic discipline. This fragmentation obscures the cyclical, life-span effects of this population's legacy of low literacy. In contrast, this book brings together in a single-source volume personal, historical, developmental, and cross-disciplinary vantage points to look at both developmental and adult literacy from the perspectives of education, linguistics, psychology, anthropology, and communication sciences and disorders. As a whole, it provides important evidence that the negative cycle of low literacy can be broken by drawing on the literacy experiences found within African American communities.

Foreword
Preface
Public and Personal Meanings of Literacy
"Come Sit Down and Let Mamma Read": Book Reading Interactions Between African American Mothers and Their Infants
Spoken and Written Narrative Development: African American Preschoolers as Storytellers and Storymakers
Emergent Literacy: Home-School Connections
Literacy in the African Diaspora: Black Caribbean American Communities
Reading the Typography of Text
The Path to Reading Success or Failure: A Choice for the New Millennium
Reading Performance and Dialectal Variation
Language Variation and Literacy Acquisition in African American Students
From the Pews to the Classrooms: Influences of the African American Church on Academic Literacy
Design and Delivery Issues for Literacy Programs Serving African American Adults
Effects of Structure Strategy Instruction on Text Recall in Older African American Adults
An Age-Related View of Computer Literacy for Adult African Americans
Coming Full Circle: Some Circumstances Pertaining to Low Literacy Achievement Among African Americans
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ISBN: 9780805834017
ISBN-10: 080583401X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st November 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.05  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.71
Edition Number: 1

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