Improving literacy in America

Guidelines from research

Frederick J. Morrison, Heather J. Bachman, Carol McDonald Connor

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Abstract

An alarmingly high number of American students continue to lack proficiency in reading, math, and science. The various attempts to address this problem have all too often resulted in "silver bullet" solutions such as reducing class size or implementing voucher programs. But as the authors of this critically important book show, improving literacy also requires an understanding of complex and interrelated social issues that shape a child's learning. More than twenty years of research demonstrate that literacy success is determined by a combination of sociocultural forces including parenting, preschool, classroom instruction, and other factors that have a direct impact on a child's development. Here, Frederick J. Morrison, Heather J. Bachman, and Carol McDonald Connor present the most up-to-date research on the diverse factors that relate to a child's literacy development from preschool through early elementary school. Urging greater emphasis on the immediate sources of influence on children, the authors warn against simple, single solutions that ignore other pivotal aspects of the problem. In a concluding chapter, the authors propose seven specific recommendations for improving literacy-recommendations that can make a real difference in American education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherYale University Press
Number of pages228
ISBN (Print)9780300106459
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Morrison, F. J., Bachman, H. J., & Connor, C. M. (2005). Improving literacy in America: Guidelines from research. Yale University Press.

Improving literacy in America : Guidelines from research. / Morrison, Frederick J.; Bachman, Heather J.; Connor, Carol McDonald.

Yale University Press, 2005. 228 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Morrison, FJ, Bachman, HJ & Connor, CM 2005, Improving literacy in America: Guidelines from research. Yale University Press.
Morrison FJ, Bachman HJ, Connor CM. Improving literacy in America: Guidelines from research. Yale University Press, 2005. 228 p.
Morrison, Frederick J. ; Bachman, Heather J. ; Connor, Carol McDonald. / Improving literacy in America : Guidelines from research. Yale University Press, 2005. 228 p.
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