Difficulties in learning literacy

Authored by: Elias Avramidis , Hazel Lawson , Brahm Horwich

The Routledge International Handbook of English, Language and Literacy Teaching

Print publication date:  February  2010
Online publication date:  February  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415469036
eBook ISBN: 9780203863091
Adobe ISBN: 9781135183141


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In approaching the issue of teaching literacy where there are ‘difficulties in learning literacy’, we pose some basic questions: How are difficulties in literacy defined and perceived? How do they relate to conceptualizations of literacy? How much is literacy a curriculum aim for all children? Are there separate and distinctive literacy curricula and literacy pedagogies for children experiencing difficulties in learning literacy? (Lewis and Norwich, 2005). These questions are addressed through this chapter by adopting a socio-educational approach (as opposed to a biomedical one) where the impact of social and environmental factors on pupil performance is given appropriate significance (Riddick, 2001).

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