Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Educational Studies
Constructing literacy: Cultural practices in classroom encounters
Caribbean Journal of Education
Date of Publication
[1997 ie 1998]
This issue of The Caribbean Journal of Education appeared in 1998.
Looks at literacy as sociocognitive behaviour and uses this view to interprete data from an ongoing project. Data are drawn from work with children ages 3 to 6 years and 4 months in four main locations. All children were in regular school settings where the focus of instruction was on letter-name and phonic knowledge. Conclusions from interpretations suggest that the relevance and effectiveness of such a focus in instruction is determined by the level of symbolic processing which learner's experience makes available to them. Offers support for an alternative which is consistent with the sociocultral offerings that the child brings to the learning-to-be-literate situation. Implies a need for teachers to review their approaches to literacy development.....