Early intervention : narratives of learning, discipline and enculturation

Woods, Annette F. & Henderson, Robyn W. (2002) Early intervention : narratives of learning, discipline and enculturation. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2(3), pp. 243-268.

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Current understandings about literacy have moved away from the belief that literacy is simply a process that individuals do in their heads. These understandings do not negate the importance of the individual aspects of literacy learning, but they emphasise understandings of literacy as a social practice. In many cases, responses to early literacy intervention seem to be grounded in theories that appear out of step with current literacy research and consequent evidence that literacy is socially and culturally constructed. One such response is the Reading Recovery program based on Clay’s theory of literacy acquisition. Clay (1992) describes the program as a second chance to learn. However, others have suggested that programs like Reading Recovery may in fact work toward the marginalisation of particular groups, thereby helping to maintain the status quo along class, gender and ethnic lines. This paper allows two professionals, who unwittingly found themselves involved within the institution of Reading Recovery, to bring their insider’s knowledge to an analysis of the construction of the program. The paper interweaves this analysis with the personal narratives of the researchers as they negotiated the borders between different understandings and beliefs about literacy and literacy pedagogy.

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ID Code: 19641
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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Keywords: literacy, intervention, social practice, Reading Recovery program, literacy pedagogy
DOI: 10.1177/14687984020023001
ISSN: 1468-7984
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 21 Apr 2009 22:05
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:35

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